Doncaster Methodist Circuit

Rev Christine Sutherby

Rev Christine Sutherby17-large

Hi, I arrived in the Doncaster Circuit fresh from Queens Foundation, Birmingham, being placed here for my first ministry position. Yorkshire born and bred, I am pleased to be matched to this community and have soon settled, although I will always miss my weekly Filey paddle.

I have two grown up Children, Tom, a chef and Rose studying law at University. Coming to Doncaster feels a little like coming back to my roots as Thorne is my Father’s birthplace and the location of many childhood holidays visiting my Grandparents.

I serve the Doncaster circuit, having pastoral responsibility for Barnby Dun, Dunsville, Hatfield Woodhouse, Stainforth and Thorne churches which form the North East Partnership.
I am passionate about sharing the gospel and believe that the sacred stories of scripture are the key to transforming communities. When we work in partnership with God, knowing that the spirit goes before us, we can, by example, make the kingdom of God transparent.
I worship in gratitude for God’s unlimited love, and believe that I have worshipped whenever I am enabled to meet with God, whether through scripture, Sacrament and prayer, or through building relationship in the community. My dream is that through our worship, together we can transform local communities through love, respect, welcome and example, and in doing so, enabling the church building to be a community hub: offering a place of familiarity, of friendship and of connection.
I am rather new to ministry but feel that leading worship in its many forms needs to be about creating spaces, opportunities, places of mercy, and meeting places to encounter a living and transforming God.

My background is mostly in early-years education and I most recently worked as a Children Centre manager, before spending three years as Circuit ‘children's and family worker’ in North Yorkshire. I still love schools work and love engaging in family ministry, but understand families are much wider than just children, so I’m equally at home with those that have a good deal of history and advice to share.