We are delighted to have a team from St Andrew’s Histon (UK) with us to lead our La Foresta church weekend away this year. Our theme this year is “Mission on Monday: Building Faith on the Frontline”.
Revd Canon James Blandford-Baker writes:
How can we grow as confident followers of Jesus on our ‘frontlines’, the places where we spend most of our time when we are not in church? What does it look like to participate in the mission and ministry of Jesus in our local communities, our places of work and our families? During our time together we’ll be exploring these questions through studying the Bible, listening to the stories of others and thinking and praying together as the people of God.
Tim Blake is the full-time Children’s Worker for St Andrew’s, Histon. Tim trained as a PE teacher in Cheltenham, where he graduated with a BEd in Physical Education and then taught in a primary school in Harlow. Moving to Battersea he served as a Children’s, Youth and Schools’ worker for a church near Clapham Junction. After six fulfilling years there, Tim returned to Histon, accompanied by his wife, Helen, and their sons. Aside from his family and work, his other passion is mountain biking, although Histon is not the ideal place for this!
James has been Vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Histon and Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s Church, Impington since 2006 and Rural Dean of North Stowe since 2007. Prior to moving to Histon he was a vicar in Acton and Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of London. He is passionate about mission and building congregations that can communicate the gospel in ways that engage with the issues of contemporary society. A research engineer by background, James’ main hobby is cabinet-making and he is also interested in astronomy, the life and work of Isaac Newton, the England cricket team and all things to do with Apple computers. He has been described by the Bishop of Worcester as ‘renaissance man’ (though he has no idea what this actually means). He was installed as a Canon of Ely Cathedral in October 2016. James is married to Katharine and they have two children, Peter and Lydia.
Janet was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, went to University in South Africa and taught in a boys school for a few years. She initially came to the UK to study at the London School of Theology but stayed to work with students; firstly with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship and latterly at Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge. After ordination she was a curate at St Philip’s Church in Cambridge and then Associate Minister at St Andrew’s Churches in Histon and Impington for 10 years. Currently she is licensed as Deanery Priest supporting the churches in the North Stowe Deanery as well as being involved in vocations and training in the Diocese of Ely. She is married to Andrew and they have a dog called Beulah.
Andrew started his career in software development. This developed into design, management and strategic planning roles. New roles as interim CTO for start-up companies followed, especially in the newly developing areas of mobile, wireless and broadband markets. He then established Bridge Partners in 2001, Bridge Fibre in 2010 and Air Broadband in 2014. As Managing Director, Andrew was responsible for the operational, financial and business development functions. Now as CEO, he provides strategic direction and mentoring to the management teams. A passion for building companies and moulding culture while seeking to integrate a living faith has led to an engagement with “faith in the workplace” material. Married to Janet, exercised by Beulah, enthralled by cricket and relaxed by gardening. Church treasurer and café director complete the mix.
About the weekend
The spacious facilities at La Foresta and surrounding sporting grounds and forest offer plenty of possibilities for all ages.
Besides the sessions and children’s work, walks, meals and coffee times offer plenty of opportunities to get to know each other better and to relax. Last year we enjoyed having a great mix of people coming from all congregations.
If you have never joined us, but would like more information, please talk to Anne Fieldsend, Susan Hudson, David Sayers or any of the clergy. If finances are a problem, please let us know.
Registration is open! Click here to reserve your place.