Ivybridge's new minister the Revd Mark Lawrence gets busy in his first few weeks in the job he sees as a 'great privilege'

By Toby Leigh in Community News

THE new minister at Ivybridge Methodist Church says he is excited to get to work in what he describes as a ’divine appointment’.

The Revd Mark Lawrence has taken over at the church, ably assisted by his wife Carolyn. The couple are currently living in Kingsbridge where Mark has been the minister of Chillington, Hope Cove and Kingsbridge Methodist Churches since arriving in the area in January 2014. He will continue looking after these three alongside Ivybridge.

Prior to this Mark and Carolyn were both missionaries in Guyana, South America.

Mark said he is excited about the new appointment and is already getting to know the members of the congregation and others in the community. Since arriving Mark has visited the new principal at Ivybridge Community College with youth pastor Phil Blunt and Carolyn has started to make contact with primary schools in the town.

Mark has also visited The Bridge Project on a Friday evening to see the way the Ivybridge churches are working together in their youth outreach ministry.

He said: ’I really believe being asked to oversee the effective ministry of Ivybridge Methodist Church is a divine appointment. To work alongside the committed members of the leadership and worship teams is a great privilege.

’It has been great to start getting to know folks and we believe God has many adventures in store for us as a church as we journey together in to the future. Knowing God’s power in Jesus enables us to look forward with hope.

’We are blessed to have a good range of ages within the church community and we are also looking for others to join with us. Every Sunday we gather at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

’If there are any members of the community who don’t go to church and would like to come along they’d be more than welcome. We know that God’s love is for all.’

Mark has been a Methodist minister since 1995, before working in the travel trade for 15 years. His hobbies include running, socialising and getting away occasionally with his wife in their old motor home.

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