Janet Stean

Janet Stean, Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

Picture of Janet SteanWho am I? 

I am married to David, now retired from his work 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 in Evesham. Our eldest son Tony lives in Leamington Spa and his family (ex-wife Natalie and four children, Chloe, Joshua, Phoebe and William) live in Harvington, and our younger son Andrew has two children, Skye and Blake, and is married to Becki. They live in Alcester. We are fortunate that our family live near to us, so we see them quite often!

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. I began my ministry in a parish in Evesham, then joined the ARCH Benefice in 2009.

What does a Lay Minister do?

I lead non-communion and occasional Communion by Extension 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 am on the rota for producing a quarterly relection for the ARCH Messenger benefice magazine.

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 attend various Reader and other training events throughout the Diocese. I am also a member of St James' Parochial Church Council (PCC).

Do I have any hobbies?

Away from my church ministry I enjoy reading and, since retirement, a spot of gardening, 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 we do lots of walking while we are away, so it helps to keep us fit and active. It also provides times of quiet when I can concentrate on preparing sermons!