A letter from Mother Laura, our new curate

To the church family of St John’s Perry Barr,


My name is Laura and I am your new curate. I wanted to take some time to write to you all to introduce myself, so you can learn a bit about who I am. I am married to Thomas who is a Physician Associate in General Practice in Dudley and we have a 10 month old son Tobias, we look forward to joining your church family soon. In our free time we enjoy walks out as a family, especially when it concludes with a refreshing cup of tea somewhere, which has been particularly easy during my 3 years training at St Stephen’s House in Oxford.


Before entering the seminary I worked as an accountant first for Grant Thornton in the city centre and later for Lichfield Cathedral. You will be able to hear more about myself and my family in the short video which shall be posted on the church’s social media on Saturday 27th June.


It is a strange time to be beginning a new ministry in a new place and it saddens me that I am not able to meet you face to face, but I look forward with heart-warming anticipation to that day. It has been wonderful to follow the efforts of Fr Barrie and his team to lift our spirits and remind us of God’s presence even in the midst of these uncertain times. Especially when we are not able to receive the sacraments. I would like to share with you a verse from scripture which I have found particularly resonant at this time and has been a source of strength for me:


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.            John 14:27


The Feast of Corpus Christi is one of my favourite days of the year, and reminds me of the spiritual nourishment and strength I receive when I share in Christ’s body and blood. So, I wait with all of you in prayerful anticipation until the day when we can all once again take His Holy Sacrament to our comfort.

I wish you all comfort, peace and joy as well as my continued prayers. Stay safe and keep well.

Yours in Christ,

Mother Laura Ward