Welcome to Revd Karen Rizello, who was licensed on 28 April by means of an online service to be associate priest in our benefice. This is indeed great news and we look forward to meeting her when the lock-down is over. Meanwhile she will, like so many of us, be working from home.
This is how Karen describes herself in the brochure that was prepared for this service:
Before I trained for ministry, I was a full time business woman working as a strategy and growth consultant for a leading international Technology company. I worked mostly with executives in the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region developing business strategy, program management, corporate communications and large scale organisational change.
As a member of the laity I served as lay chair on PCC, as Church Warden, on Deanery and Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council. I was proud to be a member of the College of Canons at Salisbury Cathedral for five years and now hold the title of Canon Emeritus.
I began training for ministry in 2013 at Sarum College in Salisbury and I have served my curacy in the Whitton Parish in the Marlborough deanery. The parish of Whitton is a single parish in North Wiltshire, serving the communities of Aldbourne, Axford, Baydon, Chilton Foliat, Froxfield and Ramsbury.
I was born in Whitehaven, Cumbria and have an abiding love of the Lake District. I have been married to Peter since 1978. We met at Leicester University when we were both studying there. We have been dog and cat owners, but we are in between four legged friends. I have no doubt that this will change.
I am delighted to be offered the post of Associate Priest at Lyneham and Woodhill.
The church building may be closed, but our church (ie the people who make it) are very much present in this community.
The Christians in this village, whether members of St Giles' church or of other churches, will be praying that God will protect us, heal those who are ill, and give us all encouragement and hope in our troubles. If you wish to ask us to remeber you or your family or friends in our prayers please let us know - see Rachma's email address below, or ring/email any of the church members that you know.
The church is sending out a Sunday service each week, led by Rachma, Karen or another one of the members. If you want to have the link to this and to other documents and news items from the church, please contact Elaine Leighton, our administrator, at to have your name added to the circulation list. Each Sunday Elaine sends out the link to that day's service.
Depending on our circumstances, we are caring for our neighbours in whatever way we can, or are on the receiving end of so many acts of kindnesses - gifts left on the doorstep, shopping delivered, and so on. The village is pulling together, and we as a church are right behind this. Thank you to everyone for all your help.
We will keep you posted as to any changes that may occur to the requirements for keeping the chiurch building closed.
Like so many of us, Rachma is self-isolating at home but if you wish to contact her by phone or email please do so - ; phone number 01793 731134.