We at St Saviour's Church High Green are delighted to announce that Maureen Greaves, our Church Army Evangelist and outreach worker, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen by being awarded the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service.
This is our Press Release:
Maureen Greaves, the church community worker whose husband was murdered on this way to church to play the organ on Christmas Eve night in 2012, has been given the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service by Her Majesty the Queen. Maureen and her husband Alan had both spent a lifetime in social work before Maureen began her work in High Green, Sheffield. The pair had just launched the St Saviour’s Community Project a few weeks before the murder. After the murder Maureen publically forgave those who took her husband’s life in the light of her Christian faith and desire not to be burdened with bitterness.
Simon Bessant, the Vicar and chair of the community project said, “I am so very pleased for Maureen. Following Alan’s murder she continued to live out her Christian faith in service to the marginalised in our community and the project has grown from strength to strength. Not only do we run a shop selling used clothes, household goods, children’s toys and buggies for next to nothing, we also host a job club and a micro finance savings & loans scheme. Additionally, we run the Friday Feast, a home cooked two course meal for people who are struggling which is especially aimed at tacking child poverty. The meal only costs £1 per adult and children eat free. All of this has been the work of Maureen’s inspirational and total commitment to fighting poverty in our community. She richly deserves the award.”
“I too am delighted to hear that Maureen has been honoured in this way by Her Majesty” said the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Rev Steven Croft. “I have been so very touched by the way that Maureen hasn’t allowed such a terrible act of violence to have the last word in her life, but as continued the ministry that she shared with Alan in serving those whose lives are blighted by poverty. It is a wonderful story of Christian faith lived out in service for others and an inspirational message of love overcoming evil, of grace triumphing over violence.”
Maureen Greaves said, “I was completely surprised and shocked when the letter concerning my award arrived, in fact I phoned up the office in Westminster and asked if they have had made a mistake! To be honoured in this way is a real blessing to me as I continue to grief for Alan and inspires me to continue in my Christian faith and service to the people of High Green."
We at St Saviour's rejoice with Maureen in celebrating this award, just as we stand by her as she continues to grief for Alan – whose memory we honour. Additionally, we too are committed to serving our community through the project in the Good News of Jesus Christ expressed in love to the people of High Green.