East Norfolk churches welcomes new Rev Rosie
By Gemma Wassell, member of All Saints Church, Belton
2011: The Rev Rosie Bunn
and her husband Tim
(pictured right) have been warmly welcomed by the sister churches of Belton
and Burgh Castle
in East Norfolk
They come to us from 10 years at Stoke Holy Cross
, where Rosie had four churches to look after, encompassing different styles of worship. This pattern is set to continue here, with contemporary worship at Belton and more traditional services held at Burgh Castle, thus providing a choice of styles for the people of the two villages
Rosie was born and bred in Brundall, daughter of a boat builder, so knows the area well. She started work as a legal secretary, then office manager, and worked for some time in the Diocesan training team. She and Tim have two sons, living in Cambridge and Edinburgh, and an adopted daughter who lives in Brundall
Before being ordained, she was always involved in her local church, leading the healing prayer ministry team, and going into the ministry seemed the next logical step. She says: ‘Many people just go through their lives caught up in their busy lives without taking space to experience the depth of God’s love’ and part of her aim is to help people to experience the ‘life in all its fullness’ promised by Jesus
Rosie’s installation on 12th June was a great occasion, presided over by the Rt Rev Alan Winton Bishop of Thetford with the Archdeacon assisting. The church was packed with many local clergy and a large contingent from the Venta Group churches where Rosie had just come from, as well as many villagers
She immediately plunged into local village life, with a patronal service on 26th June at Burgh Castle which was very well-attended, a wedding in Belton the following weekend; the celebration of the 12th anniversary of the building of the village hall where she was able to meet many of the villagers; trips to the local fish and chip shop and pub; school leavers’ assembly at Moorland School (which has very close ties with Belton Church, indeed hosting the services on most Sundays while we seek permission for alterations to the heating and flooring in the church building); and many youth activities taking place in the Rectory garden and stable block
One of the first things Rosie and Tim did on their arrival was to clear areas of the garden which have been untouched for years, opening up new possibilities of use and she has also encouraged working parties to tackle the churchyard in the same way, clearing overhanging branches, weeding graves, excavating stones which had become completely covered up by undergrowth
Rosie and Tim are closely involved with the New Wine weeks, thus bringing another dimension into the work they do locally, and youth work is very important to them.
Community is also very important to them, and ‘fun, food and friendship’ are a significant part of the way she works, as evinced on the day of her installation when she scattered handfuls of chocolates to the congregation at the end of the service. She hosted an open air service in the Rectory garden on June 26th with balloons used in prayer during the service and a barbecue lunch for all
We look forward to a long and happy association between Rosie and Tim and the two villages and two churches under Rosie’s ministry. She is always delighted to meet the villagers and listen to their concerns or their joys. We of the two churches are eager to see what the future holds!
Article courtesy of Network Yarmouth.