Janet Stean

Janet Stean, Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

Picture of Janet SteanWho am I? 

I am married to David, who works in the tennis court and sports surfaces construction industry, and we live in Evesham. Prior to my retirement I worked as a school secretary/administrator at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School. Our eldest son Tony and his family (wife Natalie and four children, Chloe, Joshua, Phoebe and William) live in Harvington, and our younger son Andrew has two children, Skye and Blake. The Harvington children are all regular attendees at Cross Club and Family Services. We are fortunate that our family live near to us, it means we see quite a lot of them!

We have one enduring sadness in our lives, in the loss of our youngest son, Tim, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2001 at the age of 18.

I was admitted and licensed as a Reader in the Church of England and in the Diocese of Worcester in 2005, after undergoing a 2-year training course, and I joined the ARCH Benefice in 2009.

What does a Lay Minister do?

I lead non-communion services throughout the Benefice. I also lead, or co-lead with Revd Richard, some of the Family Services, and occasionally co-lead Communion Services. I also assist with leading the Cross Club in St. James’, the children’s group which meets on Sundays during the Morning Service.

I am privileged to have been entrusted with leading Confirmation preparation courses for young people in the Benefice since I began my ministry here, some of which have been joint courses with youngsters from the Inkberrow Benefice. Leading these courses is one of the most rewarding aspects of my ministry, and I thank Revd Richard for entrusting me with this, and hope he will go on doing so!

What else do I do?

As well as my ministry in the ARCH Benefice, I am also involved in a wider Reader role in the Diocese. Currently, I am the co-ordinator for Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) for Readers in the Worcester Diocese and a member of the CMD planning group, helping to plan and facilitate training sessions for Readers. This role means I am also a member of the Readers’ Board for the Diocesan Association of Readers.

I have recently joined David on the Diocesan Synod, as a representative for Evesham Deanery, and I am a member of St James' Parochial Church Council (PCC).

Do I have any hobbies?

Away from my church ministry I enjoy reading, and we both enjoy walking. We have a small motorhome, and when the opportunity arises we take the chance to get away. It is great fun, and as we do lots of walking while we are away, it helps to keep us fit and active. It also provides times of quiet when I can concentrate on preparing sermons!