Goodbye Rev. Freda!
After ten years at the helm, Reverend Canon Freda Evans has retired from her post at St. Barnabas Church Centre and is looking forward to a new life in London.
During her time at the High Street based church, Rev. Freda was the driving force behind the rebuilding of St. Barnabas following a devastating fire in October 2007. She oversaw both the extensive restoration of the original church and the creation of the new community facilities including meeting rooms and the Harbour Café.
Reverend Freda also worked closely with the local community, establishing many positive links with organisations such as the John Taylor Hospice and the Erdington Town Centre Partnership. She was also a longstanding Governor at St. Barnabas Church of England Primary School, holding the Chair of Governors role for a number of years.
At the farewell church service, Church Warden, Donald Skelhorn, presented Rev. Freda with a gift from the congregation and church members. He said:
“It’s impossible to say in brief how much Freda has done for St. Barnabas Church. She came at a challenging time when everyone was deeply affected by the devastation of the fire but, due to her determination, endless energy, creativity and positive spirit she helped shape the wonderful Church and Centre we have today and everyone is grateful for that. Freda has been a central part of St. Barnabas and of the lives of many people in the community and she will be missed for sure. We wish her well in her retirement and hope she’ll come back and see us again soon as we work to carry on the legacy of her good work in Erdington.”
Reflecting on her retirement, Rev. Freda Evans said:
“I am leaving St. Barnabas and Erdington with a heavy heart. We have worked at the church to provide a safe haven of hope, acceptance and practical help for people in distress and need, indeed a space for awe, wonder and prayer that can generate new life and show people a glimpse of God’s love. I will miss many faces and places that have become dear to me and enriched my life. I hope Erdington will continue to be a place that will dream dreams that can be achieved and bring new opportunities and I thank all our congregation friends and visitors to the Church Centre for their support during my time here”.