By Haddenham Webteam - 11th September 2016 9:30am
Following three years as Minister in Training, Amanda Pink was ordained in July at Strode Crescent Baptist Church, Isle of Sheppey.
On Saturday 10th September, having been called unanimously by the members of Haddenham-cum-Dinton Baptist Church to be their full-time minister, Amanda's induction service was conducted at the church, where a large congregation of friends, colleagues, family, church members and many from the local community gathered to welcome and confirm their support for Amanda.
During the service, led by Rev. Geoff Colmer, representatives from a wide range of organisations expressed their delight that Amanda had accepted the invitation to become the local Baptist minister. Greetings and felicitations were expressed on behalf of Churches Together in Haddenham, Amanda's "sending church" (Minster Road Baptist Church), the local schools, the Central Baptist Association, Thame and Villages Lighthouse and the local Baptist family.
All were keen to acknowledge the warmth and natural charm that Amanda brought to her role, the ease with which she is able to build close relationships with young and old alike, and their delight in her decision to remain in Haddenham following her three years as Minister in Training.
In an insightful sermon delivered by Rev. Steve Barber, church members were reminded that Amanda's role was to be attentive to God, and to help others to achieve that same ideal. She should not be distracted from her key focus by the administrative and management activities that can overwhelm a new minister, and encouraged church members to be mindful of the need to support Amanda in the everyday practical challenges of running the church.
Following the service, guests adjourned to Haddenham Village Hall, where they enjoyed a very impressive tea party in celebration of Amanda's induction.
On behalf of the Haddenham community, we add our sincere best wishes to Amanda. We are truly delighted that she is staying here and continuing to play such a significant part in the life of our village. She is very much loved and admired.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
This year's Appeal will run from the 24th October to the 8th November. Due to the current restrictions, there will be no house to house or street collections, however some shops, schools and businesses have very kindly agreed to display trays of poppies and sundries. Wreaths have been provided for organisations to lay at the memorial at 11am on the 8th November at a Remembrance Service...
Friday 16th October is Restart a Heart Day The annual event is designed to raise awareness about cardiac arrest and helps people to learn CPR, giving them life saving skills and the confidence to use them.How fitting, then, that Heartbeat Haddenham has now installed a new defibrillator or AED (automated external defibrillator) mounted very prominently on the outside wall of the new...
Last year the TAL (Thame Art and Literature) Festival celebrated its 10th year with over 4,000 visitors coming to enjoy the wide range of talks, discussions and musical events on offer at this friendly and inspiring Festival. Since the current circumstances mean that people can't come to the Festival, the TAL team are bringing the Festival directly to you in the comfort of your home by...