Lesley Baden

Lesley Baden

Lesley was first licensed as a Pastoral Minister in 2004 and she assists the Rector in pastorally caring for the congregation in whatever way is needed.

She regularly visits members of the church family in their own homes, in hospital or in nursing homes to help them through times of bereavement, illness or infirmity. Once a month she also provides home communion for those who struggle to get to church, usually gathering a few folk together in somebody’s lounge. 

In the past Lesley has co-ordinated rotas to provide regular lifts to hospital and organised a ‘Slave for a Day’ scheme when someone needed a period of extra help around the home. She also assists in leading a weekly Home Group where they reflect on Gods word together and prayerfully encourage one another.

Lesley is married to Peter, a retired clergyman and before retiring to Thrapston they served parishes in Brighton, Hampshire, Surrey and Cumbria. They have two adult children and five grandchildren whom they love spending time with. 

I missed the work of being a clergy wife and decided I may be a bit of help as a Pastoral Minister, so I trained for 2 years and have enjoyed being more involved ever since.

Lesley loves to keep busy. Once a week she can be found on a local 9 hole golf course and when there is time she loves to paint and go along to the Creative Writing Group of the U3A. Gardening and cooking are a joy to her but housework is certainly not. She can also arrange flowers and is a member of the Flower Team at St James.

I started a Knit and Natter Group some years ago, and the nine members of it have turned out hundreds and hundreds of beautiful knitted hats which go in the shoe boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Appeal.  

Lesley did not always love Jesus, indeed she would say that she had been a vicar’s wife for many years before the Lord transformed her from being a churchgoer to having living faith. It came through meeting a group of people who called themselves Charismatic Christians, people who seemed to enjoy church, sang wonderful new songs with a bit of a beat and actually talked to God like he was really listening. Thanks to God working through them, the Holy Spirit at last began to play a big part in Lesley’s life as he helped her unwrap her faith. 

Jesus made such a difference to my dead old life and at last my dried up husk of a faith began to flourish and grow.  I have never looked back.  Jesus was real, so was God, and it has been a joy to help others to come to know Him too.

Thrapston Churchwarden
June Davy