Introducing our new curate, Jo


Dear all,

I’m writing this surrounded by boxes in my new house. It seems only a very short while ago that I first came to visit Berrow and Brean to see whether God might be calling me here for curacy. The warmth of welcome that greeted me then has only continued to grow – I was blessed by arriving to not only a spotlessly clean house but one with supplies of essentials (and goodies!), a beautiful hanging basket and greetings from neighbours. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to the welcome, either in time, finances or prayer. The generosity and kindness that has been shown to me, reminds me of the One who called me here in the first place, and who’s Spirit is alive and active.

This is not my first time living in the South-west; I am a Devonian by birth and lived the first four years of my life down in Torquay. It is a joy to me to return to my coastal roots and to once again be within a stone’s throw of the sea. My boyfriend Sam and I went for a wander over the golf course to the dunes yesterday evening (keeping an eye out for stray golf balls as we went!) and, as I was taking in the beauty around us, I noticed a footpath sign pointing toward the path and the sea beyond. Today, I am thanking God for the people whose welcome is pointing me to God’s goodness and the promise of all that is to come.

Rev Jo Barr