Rev David Smith
It’s forty-six years since my husband Richard and I married and made our home in Norfolk. We have four grown up children and six grandchildren and really treasure family life in all its up and downs.
We have worshipped at East Harling for over forty-two years enjoying a very busy lay ministry, together, with the children and young people of these communities for much of that time. Like Varlie, over the years I have also been involved in many other aspects of church and village life – church cleaning, flower arranging, events committee and PCC; in the village, Meals on Wheels Organizer and School Governor.
In 2008 I felt the call to ordained ministry and began training in 2010. I was ordained in 2013 as an OLM (Ordained Local Minister). I feel privileged to serve alongside such a dedicated team in such a beautiful Benefice as this. It is a joy to share the Christian message of hope in such a variety of ways and to have the opportunity to walk along side our parishioners in every aspect of their journey through life.
I’m one of the Ordained Local Ministers in the Benefice. Born and educated in Norwich, I've lived in Harling since 1972 and over the years have been involved in most aspects of village and church life - from cleaning and flower arranging to PCC member and secretary.
After retiring from secular employment - I was a nurse - I trained and was ordained in 2003 to serve in this United Benefice.
I have two adult children who are both married and live not too far away.
Now officially ‘retired’, I have Permission to Officiate, am a member of the Ministry Team and continue as before, preaching and leading worship across the Benefice. Much of my involvement is with the older members of the community but I am concerned that the Love of God is demonstrated and spread to all age groups and that the Church community is open and accessible to everyone.
In 2014 I was elected as one of the church wardens in East Harling. I am also on the committee of the 'Friends of East Harling Church'
I am the sacristan and the Bell Ringing / Tower Captain.
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