Ann Worthington is married to Roger. She provides lodgings and teaches free English language classes from home. As a consequence, Ann has become ‘mother’ to a great number of people of all nationalities and from all walks of life. (If you are from overseas and working in Sidmouth and want to improve your English, give Ann a call on 01395 512666.) In early 2015 Ann co-founded Gateway (Homelessness Action Group) and works with people who are street homeless or vulnerably housed. Ann is the Chaplain of Rose Lawn Care Home.
Roger Worthington works as a landscape architect. He plans woodlands for a job and is a bit of an adventurer. He enjoys being in the outdoors: camping, hiking and windsurfing - a recent adventure was to cycle 1,600 miles home from Bergen in Norway camping along the way. He loves to see God in nature and enjoys meeting with other men around a campfire or enjoying a shared activity.
Ruth Ray is a business psychologist who juggles her work for an international company with her role as a parent. Ruth is also a trustee of the Mustard Seed cafe and bookshop.
Ben Ray concentrates on house renovation and taking care of the children when Ruth is working. He enjoys surfing and regularly invites his mates over for a beer around a campfire.
Ben and Ruth have four young children (Teddy, born in 2010; Irminie, born in 2012; Floris, born in 2014 and Bee born in March 2017) and often host our Sunday evening meetings. They recently renovated a couple of houses in Sidmouth (whilst living in them!) and are currently working on a third!
Our meetings are informal and welcoming; we sometimes have visitors who are holidaying in the area and are curious to see our different interpretation of church. We occasionally have people from different cultures and faiths who journey with us for a while. Our usual ‘format’ is to have a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of cake followed by a time of singing/storytelling with the children and then to discuss some aspect of our lives/ read a bible passage/ discuss a current news story – whatever we feel is on our hearts really. And then we pray. At Living Stones we encourage all to participation and ministry so come along prepared to contribute in your own way.
We share links with other local churches and see ourselves as part of the wider Christian experience in Sidmouth.