We are so excited to share the news that we have a new staff member coming on board at Turramurra Uniting Church. The Church Council has appointed Jonty Cornford to be our Interim Children, Youth and Family Worker for 16 hours a week while we continue the process towards a permanent CYF Pastor. Jonty has been a key member of our church and the youth leadership teams and will help with some of the administrate and coordination tasks of our current groups as well as exploring how we can build better relationships with the local primary and high schools.
One of the things that really jumped out to the interviewing panel when we had our conversation with Jonty was his desire to explore whether or not God might be calling him to some sort of ministry in the future. We believe that our church over the next six months can give Jonty valuable experience as well as support, mentoring and leadership development to help him in his discernment – and at the same time, we will be blessed by Jonty’s gifts, enthusiasm and faith. I asked Jonty whether or not he wanted to say a few words and this is what he wrote:
I’m extremely excited to be beginning my time as the Interim Children Youth and Family Worker here at Turramurra Uniting this month. While I am obviously somewhat nervous and anxious, I am also incredibly happy to be working for the church that I love, and I am relishing the challenge. Thank you for your support and prayer, it means a lot to me.