This past week, the Amesbury council of churches awarded the Layperson of the Year award to Mrs. Patty Champion. She is a resident of Amesbury since 2001 and member of All Saints in Amesbury, MA, with her husband Tom and three children – Savannah, Jack, and Sam. She has been attending All Saints since 1998. She has served on the Vestry leadership team twice during that time and has a remarkable gift for seeing people, seeing need, and finding creative ways to meet that need.
Seven years ago, she saw there was a need for a program to support adult English as Second Language Learners in Amesbury – finding no program in town, she worked together with MaryAnn Wilson and others in the community to start a program at All Saints. Several years later in a conversation regarding Thanksgiving, she became aware of the need for access to fresh vegetables for the ESL students and began what has become the Rivers Edge Sharing Garden that includes ESL students, AHS students, All Saints, and other Amesbury community members.
Patty also serves as All Saints’ hospitality coordinator; from member weddings to large scale church or diocesan vents, she never fails to put together beautiful and incredible spreads fostering an atmosphere of pure celebration. Her energy is infectious and her can-do spirit is contagious.
What is amazing about Patty and what makes her a perfect choice for the award is that it comes from a deep love of the Lord and the people around her. Christ’s light shines in and through her to all those that she works with, serves, and meets.