Priest in Charge’s message

Hello everyone, my name is Sara-Jane Stevens.  I was licensed as the new Priest-in-Charge of Sullington and Thakeham with Warminghurst parishes on 8th November.  My husband Bob, our family and friends, and people from my last church were all welcomed to the area like long-lost friends!  What a wonderful welcome; many thanks to all involved in the celebrations.

We are looking forward to settling in to life in Thakeham & Sullington, getting hens and dogs, and finding our way around the beautiful countryside.

Born in Dublin and matured on the Isle of Wight, I have also lived in Southampton (where Bob and I married) and Emsworth before being ordained as a minister in the Church of England and moving to Worthing.  We both love to cycle and sail, although Bob is much more adventurous and accomplished in these sports than I am.  We also enjoy live music, entertaining, and socialising with friends.

I am especially keen to meet my new church families and discover what God has got planned for us to do together.  We have a job to do, bringing God’s love to our world, and I am excited to find out how this will happen and eager to see the results.  We are each blessed with gifts and talents to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  I want to encourage you to find your gifts and talents and then help you use it for the good of our neighbours.

What excites me about working in Thakeham & Sullington is that we are two quite different churches, yet one family.  We have different ways of worshiping together, and yet we are children of the same God.  We have different skills and experiences and yet they complement each other – I guess you could say that we are ‘stronger together’, to quote a popular perfume advert!

Revd Sara-Jane Stevens