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Hello – let me introduce myself. I’m Katie de Bourcier, and I took over as parish priest of St Catherine’s, Gosfield from 1 July 2016 on the retirement of Revd Sue Cruse. I’m looking forward to getting to know the church family and the village.
I moved to Halstead to become Team Rector for the Halstead Area Team in autumn 2015, and my particular responsibilities are for the parishes of St Catherine’s, Gosfield; St James’, Greenstead Green; and St Andrew’s, Halstead. I was ordained in 2012, and before coming to this area, I served my curacy (ie trainee vicar post) in Great Baddow, on the southern edge of Chelmsford. Prior to ordination, I worked for the Ministry of Defence as a civil servant for some 17 years, and I lived in Braintree and worshipped in Stebbing for 8 of those years – so North Essex is very much familiar stamping ground for me, and I’m delighted to be back in the area.
Outside my parish responsibilities, my particular passion is horse-riding, and I am fortunate to have my own horse, Toby. We used to compete at dressage, but now with my change of direction and his increasing years, we keep it simple and I no longer ride competitively. I also enjoy gardening, reading and baking, when time permits, and going out with friends.
I feel very privileged to do the job I do, and I love helping people find out more about Jesus, grow in faith, and find their own direction in life using the gifts and opportunities that God gives. I look forward to working with the church family in Gosfield as together we seek to be the people God has called us to be, and to share his love with others.
AND A WELCOME FROM REVEREND ROSE BRAISBY-ASSOCIATE MINISTER IN THE BENEFICE
Well, it’s an official “hello”, because I’ve been taking services in and around the village since June, but have now become specifically part of your parish – our parish. And it’s a great joy, and a challenge I relish because of all the kind and friendly people I’ve met so far. I hope to meet everyone over the next few weeks and months, and to be able to welcome you as you come into your beautiful parish church, for whatever reason.
The first hymn we sang at my licensing service says
“All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place”
and I hope you will all feel that’s always true.
Do get in touch if I can help. I’ll be around the village and in the schools, and will have a working base in the church but continue to live in my home near Felsted. I can be contacted either through the church (hope to have a phone number for it soon), on 01245 361927, or at email@example.com
With prayers and blessings