Simon Helme has been the minister of the Dursley Pastorate (Dursley Tabernacle, Quarry and Sharpness United Reformed Churches) since January 2001.
He is married to Debbie and they have three children: Jo, Libby and Sam.
He trained for the ministry at Northern College, Manchester and did a Theology Degree at Manchester University. He also has a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality. His first degree was in Geography at Nottingham University after which he became a community worker for a church and then a social work assistant in the city of Nottingham. After ordination in 1995 he had pastoral charge of St John’s and Elmwood Ave URCs in the centre of Warrington.
He is passionate about the church making a difference in God’s world and enacting the good news of God’s love, carrying on the work for healing, peace and justice that Jesus showed. He loves the Bible, even the difficult bits! He loves being part of a church community that can laugh at itself, cry together, learn together, have fun and do something good.
Simon is a Trustee of Stroud District Foodbank, on the management committee of Dursley and Cam Child Contact Centre, and a former convenor of Churches Together in Cam and Dursley.
Outside of being a church minister he is an avid football fan and a follower of Burnley Football Club (his hometown team). He enjoys a game of football or cricket and is a keen walker especially getting up high peaks. Chocolate, cheese and a bottle of wine all put a smile on his face (as well as a Burnley victory – rare though that is).
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or 01453 542344 or 07443568242
Or Dursley Tabernacle URC, 3 Parsonage St, Dursley, Glos., GL11 4BW
Tracy has been working with young people for the past 15 years, as a youth worker, mentor and counsellor. She is incredibly passionate about working with young people, and sharing the message of Jesus.
Tracy is married to Tim and has two children aged five and one. They live in Cam and are members of 3C Community Church.
Over the past 15 years she has co– lead both Church based and secular youth clubs on a voluntary basis.
In 2004 she completed a leadership training course called Soultime, run by Soul Survivor Church in Watford. During the course living in a communal house with the other 23 course members and two house leaders for six and a half months. Part of the course involved taking part in a youth placement at the church, working alongside the youth leader.
She also did a community placement at a homeless shelter called New Hope Trust. Helping to serve food and drink to the homeless and also spent a lot of time interacting with them. For the last month of the course she spent two weeks in London working for a Youth Festival called Soul in the City. Where she co-lead a team of 25 young people as they travelled around London to the various community projects they took part in. The last two weeks were spent at a large youth festival called Soul Survivor, where she worked again as part of a team.
On her return to Gloucestershire she began Mentoring for an organisation called Dovetail which was based in a Secondary School in South Gloucestershire. During this time she also began studying to become a Counsellor, and qualified in 2009. She continued to work at the School as a Counsellor for an organisation called Butterfly until 2013 when the contract ended.
Since August 2013 she has been employed by Kingswood Congregational Church as their youth worker, and continues to run this on a Monday evening.
Outside of work she enjoys socialising with friends and musical theatre.
Contact her at Tracy@tfletcher.co.uk
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