Marion Sims

Marion SimsHi, I’m Marion and am married to Peter. We married at 40 and this year we celebrated our 246th wedding anniversary. Sadly we have no children but love and appreciate the children in our families and church family. Until recently we had a beautiful cat, Barney who died aged 18, and needless to say we miss his company.
I was made redundant from teaching in 2010, which was a tough experience, as I was looking forward to handing in my resignation the following year when I reached 60.  However, as I enjoy teaching I managed to get a part-time job teaching 1:1 with the local Young People's Support Service working with young people excluded from main stream education. That ended due to a local government re-think. 

It was about that time that I felt God highlighted to me the fact that I had always been interested in people, so I trained as a Therapeutic Councillor gaining a Diploma that is linked to both the ACC and the BACP.  I now work as a volunteer counsellor in a local agency, helping clients with a range of issues. This is most challenging and also rewarding work and its good to see God at work in the various issues brought to counselling. This was part of preparing for retirement along with my husband who also has trained to be a counsellor.  He recently retired from Siemens Rail.

I was born on the island of Tobago in the West Indies to missionary parents. While there, I was actively involved with children’s programmes and helped to start the island’s first Christian Union at my local High School.  Now there are a number of CU groups and students from the islands meet annually.

Our family returned to the UK when I was 18 where I trained as a Geography teacher at St Luke’s College, University of Exeter. My first teaching post was at a girl’s Catholic school in Exeter.  I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but also had a real passion for my students to encounter Jesus. As a teacher the involvement in the spiritual lives of these students led to working with Scripture Union and in 1984 I was appointed South West Regional School’s Worker, a challenging few years but very exciting.

After SU, I did a “year out” at a Bible College, then I worked for a Japanese  company, developing cultural exchange programmes. Not long after this I met and married Peter.  Two years later we moved to Wiltshire in 1995. This was when we joined Dayspring Church.
Now I serve on the Oversight and am part of the Dayspring Planning Group. 
I would say I am passionate about God’s Kingdom and serving him wherever that may be.

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