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Ellesmere Parish Church
Ellesmere, *Province/Other SY12 9PD
01691 624177

About Joanna
  • Education: I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of London in Education and Business Studies. 12 years ago I completed a 3 year part-time course leading to licensing as a lay Reader (which is a preaching ministry).
  • Experience: I have been a licensed lay minister for 12 years. For the first 4 years of this ministry I was in London in the Diocese of Southwark and for the last 8 I have been in the Lichfield Diocese.
  • Family: I have been married to Bill for 37 years and have one grown-up daughter.
  • Hobbies: I enjoying needlepoint, using my own designs. I have recently completed a pulpit fall for my church. I enjoy gardening and reading. In the summer I pay Crown Green Bowls (I don’t think you have this in the USA!) and am captain of one of my club’s teams. For many years my husband, my daughter and I were members of the English Civil War Society, which does battle re-enactments of the English Civil War - a very interesting time in Englisj history from a religious and historical point of view.
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Newest Sermons

  • Reach Out And Touch

    Contributed on Feb 1, 2013
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    An amplified story of the woman with a haemorrage and how we too can be cured if we just reach out and touch Jesus.

    Her bleeding began after the birth of her fourth child. That, of course, was normal. What was not normal was that it did not stop. That was 12 years ago. Twelve years is a long time. It’s a long time even when life is good and the years slip gently by, but if you are poor, or ill, or ...read more

  • Lost Things

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
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    We are unhappy if we lose something precious and really glad when we find it again. God is sad when we wander away from him, but really happy when we let him lead us home again.

    I really enjoy doing jigsaws – when I get the time, that is. Does anyone else here like jigsaws? What’s the biggest jigsaw you’ve ever done? The biggest one I’ve ever done is 1000 pieces. Just imagine you’d spent days and days doing a 1000 piece jigsaw and just when you thought you ...read more

  • Pentecost

    Contributed on May 25, 2007
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    God calls us today to go out in the power of his Spirit and preach the Gospel

    In 1926, a wealthy Toronto lawyer named Charles Vance Millar died, leaving behind him a will that amused and electrified the citizens of his Canadian province. Millar, a bachelor with a wicked sense of humour, stated clearly that he intended his last will and testament to be an “uncommon and ...read more

  • A New Commandment

    Contributed on May 18, 2007
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    How do we love each other as Jesus loves us?

    “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” These are very familiar words – surely among the best known of Jesus’ sayings - and we have ...read more

  • Follow Me

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2007
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    How can we "sell" Christianity in today’s world?

    The second part of today’s Gospel reading told us about Jesus calling Andrew, Simon Peter, James and John to be his disciples. This was probably not the first encounter with Jesus for any of them. We know, for example, from last week’s reading from St John’s Gospel that Andrew was already a ...read more

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  • Just Imagine You'd Spent Days And Days Doing A ...

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2007
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    Just imagine you’d spent days and days doing a 1000 piece jigsaw and just when you thought you would finally finish it, you found there was a piece missing. How would you feel? It wouldn’t matter that 999 pieces were perfectly in place, you’d still notice the piece that was ...read more

  • In 1926, A Wealthy Toronto Lawyer Named Charles ...

    Contributed on May 25, 2007
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    In 1926, a wealthy Toronto lawyer named Charles Vance Millar died, leaving behind him a will that amused and electrified the citizens of his Canadian province. Millar, a bachelor with a wicked sense of humour, stated clearly that he intended his last will and testament to be an “uncommon and ...read more

  • Erasmus, The Famous Renaissance Scholar, Once ...

    Contributed on May 25, 2007
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    Erasmus, the famous Renaissance scholar, once told a classic story which was designed to emphasize how important it is that we take up the torch of Christ’s ministry with great commitment. In the story, Jesus returns to heaven after his time on earth. The angels gather around him to learn all ...read more

  • An Ethics Professor At Princeton Seminary Asked ...

    Contributed on May 18, 2007
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    An ethics professor at Princeton Seminary asked for volunteers for an extra assignment. Fifteen students showed up. He divided the group of fifteen into three groups of five each. He instructed the first group of five to proceed immediately across the campus to a certain spot; if they didn’t get ...read more

  • So What About Us? We Call Ourselves Christians, ...

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2007
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    So what about us? We call ourselves Christians, that is followers of Jesus. What kind of disciples are we? Do we have a purely academic interest in the words of Jesus, or are we prepared to put him first in our lives? Are we ready to fish for ...read more