The licensing of the Revd Jono Harvey as Associate minister and Church Plant Leader in the parish will take place at St Nicolas Church on Sunday 29th July at 4pm followed by refreshments in the Pavillion at Wellington Sports Ground. Everyone is welcome to this celebration of ministry – a quarter peal will be rung on the St Nicolas bells before the service to mark the occasion.
Originally from Devon, Jono has lived in Wales, Worcester, Thailand and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He met Helen whilst studying for Environmental Science in Plymouth University and they have been married for 23 years. They have three children Ethan, Anais and Lucas. Both Jono and Helen’s background is in teaching and they have also spent time as foster carers. Jono has led family-focused mission in inner city estates and spent several years leading community fun-days and outreach events in parks across the country. In 2003 Jono became the Children and Families minister for St. Thomas’ Church, Fair Oak, and during this time Jono was accepted for ordination training, studying Theology and Ministry at St. Mellitus College in London.
Since his ordination in 2014, Jono has been a pioneer curate on the Nightingale estate in Eastleigh where he has established Body and Soul, a community that is exploring how faith is part of a healthy lifestyle. Rather than wearing a cassock or a collar you’re more likely to see him in shorts and trainers! Alongside this role he is also chaplain to Eastleigh Football Club and Eastleigh District Scouts.
Jono is excited to start this pioneering and planting role in North Stoneham and together with Helen and their children, they are looking forwards to being part of the NSAB family.