New Deacons for 2021 - Dawn Cox
Growing up in Selsdon, I regularly attended church, and went to a church school in Croydon for my primary and secondary years.
I am married to Peter and am blessed to have three sons and three grandchildren.
Jesus has always been in my life, but I never really came to know him personally until arriving at Selsdon Baptist Church (SBC) in 1986, when I entered into a true relationship, recognising Jesus as my Saviour and giving myself to him, being baptised in 1993.
Over many years at SBC, I have supported and led many different activities and groups including mother and toddlers, children’s evening and holiday programmes, Scouting, the Global Action Team, Alpha and the Floating Shelter.
I feel God has given me a passion for caring, fulfilled through my work in the NHS and Public Health, my travels to Nepal to work with the International Needs Lydia Project, and in church life. I am now serving as a Therapeutic Counsellor, with the church’s counselling service (YourSpace), and facilitating bereavement groups at SBC. I have also been developing links between SBC and the local Social Prescribing team, and ‘Activate’.
As well as being on the Worship and the Word team, I am part of the Safeguarding Team developing the policy, and implementing the Safeguarding training. I am interim DBS Officer and the Deacon’s Meetings Minutes Secretary.
From my perspective, prayer, Bible study, and worship, whether in my own time, in homegroup, in church or with others, is essential. I truly believe in the power of prayer having witnessed the difference that prayer has made in my life and in the lives of others.
I also have a passion for the community, and long for others to learn of, and know the love and compassion that God has for all of us.
These are difficult times as we face the reality and challenges of COVID-19 and its effects on people, the community and the church.
I feel led to support the Ministry team and the leadership of SBC in delivering SBC’s vision as the church embraces the challenges of change, reaches out into the community, learns more about God’s love, going deeper spiritually, and building God’s Kingdom.