Ministerial Team

Revd. Dr. Sarah Hall

I first became a Christian in the Anglican Church during my A levels at Sherborne in Dorset, largely through despair caused by Further Mathematics A Level! After a chemistry degree at Imperial College in London, I worked for a year as an auxiliary nurse in St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, which gave me great respect for people living with cancer. A stint as copytypist in a small publishing company financed my postgraduate study of theology at King’s College London, and led to my becoming a copyeditor for Lion Publishing in Oxford, which translates Christianity into everyday language – a good training for me!

In Oxford I found a local congregation of the United Reformed Church which welcomed me warmly, and after a while I committed myself fully to the URC. My call to ministry, which I had begun to sense during my first degree, was renewed and I trained at Mansfield College, Oxford, with a year as an exchange student at Bern in Switzerland and three years doing my doctorate (looking at small-group Bible study in local churches) in Edinburgh on the way.

I then spent seven years as a minister in Sheffield, working at St Andrew’s Church, in the surrounding Urban Priority Area of Broomhall and in University Chaplaincy, learning much about ministry and about myself. My two greatest joys there were the preparation and leading of worship and waiting on tables at our church’s weekly community breakfast. I also enjoy singing, embroidery, photography and wrestling with computers and the Internet.

Now I’m working with all the churches of the South-West Hants Group, but starting off particularly by getting to know the people of Avenue St Andrew’s and Freemantle Churches. The Avenue Multicultural Centre on Friday mornings, welcoming asylum seekers and refugees, the Sunday Lunch Project at Freemantle, where over 70 people are given a hearty lunch every week, Coffee and Crafts at Chandlers Ford and the Isaac Watts Community Lunch (yes, there is a food theme here…) are turning into some of my favourite places to be – but I know there’s lots more to explore. I hope I’ll meet you along the way!