Jun 18, 2021

Introducing our Future New Lay Reader!

written by Liz O'Ryan

Hi, my name is Sandra Wright and I have just finished my three-year Lay Readership training with the Scottish Episcopal Institute. I really enjoyed the learning and formationalexperience and even though this calling was unexpected, I am excited that God has called me to serve in this way.  My licencing date has now been set for 3rd October at Holy Trinity but I will be looking to join you in September. I’m not sure how my role with you will develop but I expect there will be some preaching and teaching and maybe I can support you on a project you’re working on.I try to be flexible and I expect God will direct our journey together as we get to know each other.

Just a little bit about me… I work full-time for Sight Scotland, a Charity that supports sight loss, based in Edinburgh, although I have been working from home since the pandemic, which I much prefer as it reduces my travelling time. I live in Greenlaw, in the Scottish Borders and my home church is St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kelso where I served as a Lay Rep and on the vestry before I started my training. I enjoy walking our three miniature dachshunds and having cuddles with them and our two cats, so you can probably gather that we are animal lovers!  I also enjoy Pilates and the occasional craft project when I have time.

I am married to Steve,who has a heart for mission, having worked for Edinburgh City Mission for ten years.  Heis currently employed by the Salvation Army overseeing the debt advice service in the East Scotland Division, with its associated missional opportunity. He has also been training at the same time as me in Ignatian spirituality with a view to becoming a Spiritual Director. We have two wonderful grown up daughters – Jennifer, our youngest,lives at home with us and needs some support as she has High Functioning Autism;our eldest,Charlotte, is a GP doctor and married to the lovely Rachael, an Ordinand with the Scottish Episcopal Church and they live near Perth. In fact, Rachael has been on the same course as me for the last two years! They are all a great support and encouragement to me.

I am really looking forward to spending some time with you at Holy Trinity and getting to know you all.My time with you will mostly be at weekends, because of work commitments. I am sure there is plenty for me to learn as I explore my Lay Reader role with you and I pray that our time together will be fruitful.

Blessings, Sandra