On Thursday we want to give you an insight into the lives of some of the women involved in the Scottish Women’s Convention. Some of these women are involved in full time ministry in the local Church, while others balance serving in the church with a secular job.
We sent them a questionnaire asking them to give us a taste of what they do, the challenges they face and what they are looking forward to about the Scottish Women’s Convention.
Meet Karen…Karen lives in East Kilbride with her husband Sam and two children Ryan (9) and Lucy (6).
How did you become a Christian?
I was brought up in a Christian home, so always went to church and was taught from an early age about God and what it was to be a Christian. In my early teenage years attended many SU camps and youth events, where a few key leaders really drew alongside me and were a huge encouragement and influence on my life. At the age of 14 I made a commitment and was baptised. Since then it has been a journey full of ups and downs and I am continually learning more and more of what it really means to follow Jesus – a work in progress.
How do you serve within your church?
I work for the church as their Community Care Worker, as part of my role I have the privilege of serving in the EK Community Food Bank, Harvest Store, CAP Jobs Club and CAP money courses.
I also serve in the Sunday Club teaching P5-P7, help arrange Women’s events and play the flute in the worship band.
What are you usually doing at 2pm on a Wednesday?
Usually tidying up after Harvest Store, which we hold at Calderwood Baptist Church every Wednesday. Harvest Store is there to support individuals and families in our community on low incomes by providing a range of goods (including fruit & veg, clothes, baby items etc.) at affordable prices. If I’m lucky there is just enough time to grab a quick cuppa with my friend before collecting the kids from school. ☺
What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?
That we can’t and don’t have to face what life throws at us on our own. We have to fully release everything to God and He will sustain us through. God has used the following quote and bible verse to really speak to me recently
“We are overcomers. We are more than conquerors. We are stronger than we know, braver than we feel and loved more than we can even imagine…” Holley Gerth Inspired by Romans 8:31-39.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
How did you get involved in planning the Scottish Women’s Convention?
Agnes contacted my minister as we are part of the West of Scotland Gospel Partnership. John then approached me and asked if I would like to be involved as I am part of the team that organises women’s events and conferences in our church. I am very excited to be involved as I love it when women get together to equip, encourage and share with one another.
What thing about the Scottish Women’s Convention are you looking forward to and why?
Not sure I can narrow it down to one thing but being able to take time out of a very busy schedule to spend time with sisters in Christ and be fed and encouraged through Gods word, building on current friendships and hopefully making new friends along the way.