Hi, my name is Alice Curry and it is my privilege to serve the Methodist Churches of Tickhill, Harworth and Bawtry as Pastor. I have been a part of the Circuit for 18 months now, so it does feel rather strange to be writing a ‘hello, I'm Alice’ article.
I have been part of the Methodist Church all my life. My parents still worship in the little Yorkshire Methodist chapel I was baptised and married in. My great grandmother was a Methodist Local Preacher and I have the penny subscription bible she owned and preached from. Some of my earliest memories are of Chapel Anniversaries and Sunday School Christmas parties.
Although rooted and called into the Methodist Church I have much love and respect for the liberal catholic Anglican tradition. When I can, I worship at St Mark’s church in Mansfield where I live and where my husband James serves as priest. I value the chance to take communion regularly, the well thought out sermon, the beautiful music and the warm fellowship that is always a part of the worship there.
My spiritual home is the island of Iona. I worked as the housekeeper of Iona Abbey for two years and as this is where James and I first met. It will always be a special place for us, and we try to spend time there as often as we can. I hope to lead a pilgrimage to Iona from the Circuit sometime. I imagine that the worship I lead is tinged with Iona still.
I am passionate about education and social justice. I trained as a teacher and have worked for several charities. My heart always prompts me towards working with women and children. My previous job was as a Family and Children’s Worker. James and I are both very involved in work with the homeless and run a winter emergency night shelter next door in our church hall.
I have found a warm welcome and have made a good home here in the Doncaster Methodist Circuit. I intend to put down deep roots here.