Car crash spurred a Fareham woman to follow God’s calling

CHANGED Amy Webb with her family at Portsmouth Cathedral: Sebastian, 4, husband Mark, Mathilda, 11, and Isobel, 13
CHANGED Amy Webb with her family at Portsmouth Cathedral: Sebastian, 4, husband Mark, Mathilda, 11, and Isobel, 13
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A car crash in France quite literally changed the life of a Fareham woman.

The car rolled over twice with Amy Webb and her daughters, then aged seven and five, inside. Although the car was totally destroyed, miraculously none of them were hurt. Amy had a real sense of God’s presence – and also that life was short.

When the car came to rest in this field, I had this amazing sense of God’s presence in the silence

Amy Webb

She then realised it was worth following her calling to become ordained as a clergy person in the Church of England.

The 40-year-old, who was worshipping at St John’s Church, Fareham, is now preparing to become the curate in the villages of Botley, Curdridge and Durley after her ordination in Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday.

Amy said: ‘When the car came to rest in this field, I had this amazing sense of God’s presence in the silence.

‘It was a desperate situation – I’d bought the car with my divorce money, the insurance didn’t cover it, and I lost the ferry ticket in the crash.

‘But I was alive and so were the girls, and I felt that God was saying to me that my life could end at any time and what was I going to do with it?’

She joined the choir at St Columba Church in Fareham when she was 11 but then drifted away from church.

She got married at 22 and had two daughters but five weeks after her second daughter was born, her husband left her.

‘By that time, I’d become involved with St John’s Church, through an Alpha course.

‘I became more involved with the church and over the last 15 years, they’ve helped me through the end of my marriage, my divorce and bringing up two girls.’

- Among those who were ordained deacon: Stephen Dent (to serve at St Faith’s, Lee-on-the-Solent), Kate Marlow (to serve at St Cuthbert’s Church, Copnor), Darcy Chesterfield-Terry (to serve at St Mary’s, Fratton), Chris Richardson (to serve at St Mary’s, St Faith’s and St Francis, Alverstoke).

- Among those who were ordained priest: the Rev Jane Isaac (already serving at All Saints & St Michael’s Churches, Ryde), the Rev Barbara O’Sullivan (already serving at St Mary’s, Fratton), the Rev Garry Roberts (already serving at Holy Trinity & St Columba, Fareham), and the Rev Mark Williams (already serving at St Mary’s, Portchester). The Rev Luke O’Maoil Mheana (already serving at St Michael’s, Paulsgrove) was due to be ordained priest at St Michael’s Church last night.