Thirty people attended an evening event on Monday 19 June aimed at helping people make better connections between their faith and their work life as part of the diocese’s current Transforming Work programme.
Among the speakers at St Saviours, Guildford, were Revd Paula Vennells, Chief Executive Officer of the Post Office. Paula was joined by Kristina Ingate, based at Lloyds of London, Richard Farquar of McLaren Automotive in Woking and Canon Dr Julie Gittoes, Residentiary Canon of Guildford Cathedral.
In her presentation Paula revealed how her faith affected her in the work place and the three verbs, ‘care, challenge and commit’, that lie at the heart of her Christian approach to leading the Post Office.
She spoke powerfully of seeking the ‘still centre of life with God’ and ‘giving God the courtesy of our time’. She went on to say: “Being attentive to the work of the Spirit makes a difference day by day at work. It asks us to inspire others to be the best they can, manage well at times of crisis, be honest about our failings and to put things right with colleagues.”
Following the presentation the panel, chaired by Revd Canon Julie Gittoes, took questions from the audience and provided practical examples of how the practice of prayer and spirituality sustain and resource their daily work, urging the audience to transform their work life and workplace.
Event organiser Revd Matthew Prior said: “It was wonderful to get people together to tackle such an important topic. The speakers gave some brilliant tips for faith at the ‘frontline’. We now need to build on this momentum.”
The Transforming Work conversations continue with a session on 11 July on ‘Everyday Vocation’ and a day conference on 14th October, in partnership with the Bible Society.
More information on the events, and other resources, are on the diocesan website.