An introduction to our new District Lay Employment Secretary (DLES), Mike Garwood …
Mike writes: I grew up in Norfolk, but have strong connections with Suffolk, where one half of my family originates from. I became a Christian when I was 19 years old at University. For most of my career I have worked in the legal profession, and I am now a retired Solicitor. I also work part time in, and am training for, accounting where I work with charity sector clients.
I live in Wroxham, on the edge of the beautiful Norfolk Broads and, when I have time, I enjoy sailing and walking my dog in the surrounding countryside. I live with my wife Felicity and we have two children, 12 and 9 years old. As a family we also all enjoy learning and speaking French and we visit France as often as we can.
As I write this in late March, we are in almost unprecedented times of Church services being cancelled and the wider Church, and each Church community, is looking at how it can innovate to care for each other and the wider community around us. People I listen to are being challenged as to how to do things, why we do things, and what is important.
Reflecting on this, I am reminded of the well-known verses in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it”. So in my role as your DLES, whilst my focus is on lay employment, service in the Church occurs in many ways and volunteer roles, we are reminded, are equally important. I am looking forward to also helping where I can with volunteer recruitment, to reflect the value and vital contribution volunteers make to Church life, and to ensure this is done in a safe way for our Church communities.
As things return to some normality, I would like to get around different churches to meet you, but in the meantime if you would like to contact me, please email: or phone 07400 539461
My office hours are Mondays 9-12 and Thursdays 12-4pm, however, I generally check emails and messages each weekday.
With every blessing