Introductory message from Rev Harriet Orridge
"Thank you for inviting me to come and join you as Rector. As a way of introducing myself, I’ve been asked to write a brief biography.
I grew up in South Buckinghamshire, before moving away to go to university in Sheffield. There I studied Biomedical technology, and met my husband John. After University, I trained as a science teacher, before taking a career break to be a full time mum to our three children (the youngest of which is celebrating his 21st Birthday). As a scientist I have always loved finding God in the minute details of our universe, which are too extraordinary to be an accident.
God called me to ordination on the weekend of the 10th anniversary of women’s ordination. Recognising that God loves everyone, I have a passion for rural ministry and the importance and depth of relationships, which can be built within smaller communities. Having completed my curacy in rural Leicestershire, we hopped across the border into Lincolnshire, where for 8 years I led a group of 4 rural churches. I’m currently working for the Wychert Vale group, near Aylesbury, whilst also helping cover services within the local area.
I am looking forward to coming and getting to know you all, and I’m excited to see what God has planned as we move forward together. Please pray for us as we move house and for the churches, and the wider communities of the Benefice and for our future ministry together.