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Friday 10th August
10am - 12.30pm
in the Wilkinson Hall
Introducing Team Washington
Linda Washington: Priest in Charge at Toddington and Chalgrave parishes (0.5), Interim Minister at Harlington (0.25) and Associate Minister at Westoning and Tingrith
Nigel Washington: Vicar of Westoning and Tingrith parishes (0.5), Interim Minister at Harlington (0.25) and Associate Minister at Toddington and Chalgrave
On 25th July at 7.30pm, Rev’ds Linda and Nigel Washington were licensed as the new Priest in Charge and Associate Minister of Toddington and Chalgrave parishes at a special combined service at Toddington Parish Church which was led by Bishop Richard Atkinson, the Bishop of Bedford.
Message from Linda & Nigel:-
We are thrilled to be working together in a team ministry situation with the people of Toddington and Chalgrave (and a few other parishes!) Some years before, we had both felt the call of God on our lives and dedicated ourselves to God at our marriage – having no idea what would follow! We stepped out in faith to determine if God was calling us into parish ministry. Nigel was ordained in September 2000 and Linda in 2007. Nigel began his ministry at Westoning and Tingrith Churches whilst still working as Head of Sixth Form at Harlington Upper School but he later relinquished teaching to focus fully on ministry. He remains as vicar of Westoning and Tingrith parishes where he has over the years established a much respected ministry and a lovely bond of fellowship within the villages. Linda served her curacy at Woburn Benefice (Woburn, Eversholt, Milton Bryan, Battlesden with Pottesgrove) with an additional role as a ‘Bridgebuilder’ in a mission and outreach capacity and later became Associate Minister.
On leaving Woburn Benefice in April 2014, Linda served as Assistant Hospital Chaplain at Bedford Hospital for one year whilst assisting at Harlington Parish Church where she was appointed as Interim Minister (0.5) in June 2015. Prior to ordination, Linda had also worked as a teacher in local Bedfordshire lower schools until she too felt called to focus totally on ministry.
Our two (now adult) children, Amanda and David have been wonderfully supportive and patient as we have served in ministry. It’s not been easy for them growing up with 2 ministers but they have been amazing and we hold them both in much love and pride.
Having spent 10 years in ministry apart, we are excited at this new, combined opportunity to minister and pastor together within the parishes of Toddington and Chalgrave with Westoning, Tingrith and Harlington parishes as part of a wider ‘team’ benefice. With the assistance of three Lay Readers: Robert Johns – Harlington parish, Jon Denman and Steve Farmer of Westoning and Tingrith parishes we step forward into a new, inspiring stage of ministry, drawing together the body of Christ as we reach out to serve and minister, within the communities, in Christ’s love – and in Christ’s strength! We very much look forward to meeting you .
Please hold us and this new ministry in your prayers. Thank you for your wonderfully enthusiastic welcome and for your offers of support. We look forward to building the church family with you.
Linda and Nigel Washington
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Rev Linda Washington (Priest in Charge): 01525 714442 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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