Interview with Reverend Eileen Rose
posted by: Joan Vine | on: Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 10:42
Hello MU Members, my name is Reverend Eileen Rose. I am a member of MU at Emmanuel Parish Church, Leyton (EPC) branch. My position at EPC is Assistant Curate – ordained 14/9/19. I have been a member of Emmanuel Parish Church Leyton for past 25 years. I joined the Mothers Union when it started 10 years ago.
I joined MU because apart from being a mother myself I also have an interest in supporting children, young people and families, particularly those in need. My favourite experience about being in MU is prayer – sharing our stories and scriptures at the monthly meetings. It’s great to see prayer come to fruition within the Church, particularly young people doing well.
I was ordained recently: The ordination took place at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday 14th September 2019. Over the years I have served at EPC in several ways, from being a volunteer cleaner to becoming The PCC Treasurer. I was unaware that this may have been God preparing me for ordained ministry. During serving at EPC I was always surprised at how at ease I felt being there and enthusiastic about doing the work to support it. Some of the duties were challenging but with prayer and determination God always managed to get me through them, especially in my roles as churchwarden and treasurer. My faith grew stronger as I found confidence in believing God was in control of my life in general. In his mysterious ways God was determined to show me my calling, which eventually I was enlightened to consider when several people including the Incumbent thought I would be suited to ordained ministry. Through praying and reading the scriptures I realised my calling was to dutifully serve God. Despite the journey towards ordination being very challenging the hard work paid off. I feel confident he called me to serve. Thankfully I answered ‘yes’.
MU has contributed to my Spiritual growth and development due to prayer meetings and sharing testimonies and stories about our faith. Also linking our knowledge with the Church in terms of, the community, how we support our young people and in general developing the work of the Church.
I have no concerns about the future of the MU because it has a positive role in the church. The MU is there to highlight the need for the church to support children, families and young people and it is important we keep praying and thinking about creative ways/set examples on how to encourage these groups to include God in their lives. The community will grow over the next few years due to increase in housing and schooling in the local area and therefore MU should consider this in its planning - to become an integral part of encouraging Church growth. God’s new creation for the future.
I am passionate about encouraging young people to think carefully about having faith in their lives that God as a way forward. I am concerned that the negativity around social media and gang violence has affected young people whereby they are left feeling despondent about their future. I believe God is their healer and the only reason for them living a fruitful life.
My favourite MU activity is to pray and sing, especially at special occasions – worshipping God for his continuing provisions. My favourite Bible verse is, 1 Corinthians 13:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
‘And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’
My favourite quote or saying is ‘Be true to yourself’. Yours in Christ Revd Eileen Rose
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