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Monday 24th July 2017

MEET THE NEW SHERFORD MINISTER: TOM BRASSIL

Meet the very first Sherford Minister, Tom Brassil. Here is what he had to say about his role, his exciting plans and where you can expect to find him at the new community!

Sherford is an exciting place to be, for all sorts of reasons. For some of us it is a chance to own a brand new home. For others, maybe the true excitement lies in being part of a whole new community!

For the past three years I have been working as a trainee minister in Elburton, at St. Matthew’s Church, and we have had an eye on Sherford for much of that time as a possible next step. So I was delighted when our local Bishop asked me to consider moving to Sherford to start a church here. As you may know, the Church of England exists to make sure there is a local church in every neighbourhood and community up and down the country. This is not just because they want to look after Christians, but also because they want everyone to have the opportunity to find out about God if they want to, to have Christian baptisms, marriages and funerals, and generally to feel spiritually looked-after. That is what my job will be in Sherford as its Minister. A big part of that will be forming Sherford Community Church, a group of Christians meeting together to worship God and to work together to care spiritually for the whole community.

My family and I are very excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Sherford community right from the beginning, watching it grow and blossom, and I see Sherford Community Church fitting into that. The church will, we hope, be somewhere that is welcoming both to Christians and those just looking into the Christian faith. As a church we want to be part of the community, and to be a place where community can grow. So we will be looking from the start to provide opportunities for us as residents to meet and get to know one another, and to support one another. For example, we are hoping to start a toddler group early on, where parents and carers and their children can make new friends, and we would be open to suggestions of other groups and activities that could be started around Sherford.

It will be some years before we can build a ‘church building’ in Sherford, but in the meantime we will be sharing community space with other groups trying to make a difference in the new town. In any case, you don’t need to ‘go to church’ to find us: you’ll see us in the streets, in the park, etc. I hope to meet you soon!

Tom
Minister for Sherford