Ministry, Life & Winter with Alison


Winter: Journeying Together: This winter we chat with Alison, a clergy wife and mum from Victoria, about ministry, life, and tips for keeping warm in cooler clergy houses!

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Tell us a bit about yourself;  what do you enjoy doing outside of ministry?!
I love to read and write, I love to cook, and most of all I love to spend time with the people I love. A perfect day for me is cooking up a big feast and having the whole family come over
to enjoy each other's company and share the meal together.

Is there a bible verse that has encouraged you throughout ministry and family life?
At any and all times, whether in a specific ministry context or any part of my life, there are
two passages I always come back to: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor 12:9. This verse has comforted and spurred me on at so many times in my life when I've felt at my lowest ebb. The second passage was my grandmother's favourite - Psalm 139. For me, verses 7-10 are especially significant - there is nowhere I can go that my God is not there before, beside and around me. 

How do you enjoy passing a cold wintery day?
I love to read, and on those glorious free days when it's cold outside you'll find me curled
up with our cats and our dog, reading a good book and drinking lots of tea!

After 20 years of living in clergy houses, what are your top tips for staying warm?!
A pot of soup on the stove, warm slippers and dressing gowns for everybody, hot chocolates and, you guessed it, good books to read or fun games to play. If your vicarage happens to have an open fire, as a couple of ours did, that's a real treat. And finally, practising hospitality - having an open, welcoming home makes it warm inside no matter what the weather is doing outside!