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Pastoral care during the pandemic awarded by BBC

First published on: 19th October 2022

A member of St John's Yeadon has received an award from the BBC, recognising their outstanding community outreach during the covid-19 pandemic. 

Alison Lockwood (pictured) was nominated by the treasurer at St John's for the BBC Radio Leeds competition called 'Make a Difference'. 

Alison is a Licensed Lay Minister at St John’s and the co-ordinator of their pastoral team. She regularly visits parishioners and during the lockdowns she rang over 70 people every week to make sure they were ok, visiting many on their doorstep too.

Alison served others with outstanding faithfulness and sacrificial dedication, and she attended a BBC Radio Leeds award ceremony at Royal Armouries last week. She didn’t come first out of the candidates, but still received an award.

Talking to the BBC at their 'Make a Difference Awards', Alison said, "It showed that we are a caring church. Everyone who comes here says what a welcoming and kind place it is.

"I felt caring for people was what God wanted me to do in that particular time...I am quite a shy person but I believe God has given me this gift of being able to care for people, to communicate with them and has made me perceptive of where there are needs and how I can meet them.

"Thats something that perhaps people may find hard to understand but its what my faith makes me believe."

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