New Children's Worker for Ipswich Rd URC 

Ipswich Road United Reformed Church, Norwich, has recently appointed a new Children's and Families Worker, Samantha Willing. Sam introduces herself here:

Hello, I'm Sam Willing, and I am coming to be the churches Children’s and Families worker.  I am moving to Norwich from Gillingham in Kent.  At the moment I live with my parents, my Mum works for the Methodist Church and my Dad works for the Army in a community centre.  I have two brothers who are both chefs.  One works in a nearby police training centre and is married to a girl from Brazil, and the other is currently touring Australia.  I also have a ginger cat called Tiggerbob.
I love to make things; I normally have about three knitting projects on the go and several ideas for DIY makes.  I like to learn new things, at the moment I am learning to snowboard, its good fun but I seem to be collecting a lot of bruises.  I like Doctor Who, I’m a vegetarian and I really don’t like Jelly.
I have been to church my whole life and have always enjoyed being part of it.  As a family we attended a local Methodist church, my parents met there when they were 7 years old and later married in the same church.  When I was about 8 the church took part in a caring and sharing weekend, this was when I realised that there was more to going to church than meeting your friends and wearing pretty dresses.  I wanted to know more about who God was.  My parents then took on the leadership of a different church which we moved to where they did a lot of work with the families in the community, running kids clubs and youth clubs which I started to help at as a junior leader.
When I was 20 I went on a gap year, to work with children in churches and schools.  I went to live in Manchester, which was a bit different to what's I was used to, but I learnt so much and really loved working with the children there.  I decided to stay on doing the same thing but in Blackpool.  I lived there for 4 years and had an amazing time working with children and saw their lives change as God worked in and through them. 
I then moved back to Kent and got a job in a Chinese restaurant for a while and have recently been working with a charity that works in schools doing assemblies and lunch clubs for primary school children, telling them the good news of Jesus. 
I am really excited about coming to work with and get to know you all.  I am looking forward to the adventure that God has for us!
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