Counties Dorset

Gospel in Community


Areas of ministry focus involve:
Supporting local church outreach through preaching and Bible-teaching. 
Children's and youth work; 
Sharing the Good News with 'non-church-goers', including prisoners. 

Approaches used include: 
Bible activity clubs in conjunction with local churches; 
Teen fellowship Bible studies and outreach socials; 
Summer camps and houseparties; 
Church services, homegroups and prison Bible studies.
School assemblies, R.E. lessons and C.U. meetings. 

Ian grew up in the north-east of England. After graduating from university in Edinburgh, he spent twenty years as a teacher of French and other subjects, in Hampshire and Dorset until 2010. 
In October 2008, Ian and Sally felt called by the Lord to consider Christian ministry, and a redundancy a few months later provided the opportunity to take the step. 
Ian returned to study at Moorlands College in Christchurch, from where he gained a B.A. in Applied Theology in 2011.
Sally grew up in Alresford near Winchester, and has spent the past twenty years working in a variety of settings: in a children's home, with the elderly, in a psychiatric hospital, in 'care in the community', in managing a hydrotherapy pool and as a Teaching Assistant in the local primary school, her current role.
Ian and Sally were married in 1993, and have two teenage children, Marcus (18) and Elsbeth (16)

Become a Supporter 
There are a number of things you can do to support the various aspects of our ministry...

Firstly, please pray regularly for all the events and activities in which we are involved. Pray for strength and energy, clarity and faithfulness, and that the Holy Spirit would open eyes, change hearts, and bring resurrection life. Please pray for our spiritual, emotional and physical protection. Please pray for our family, and for all those involved in practically supporting the work of Counties in Dorset.
Additionally, you might think of being involved in our Counties Link Group (Chairman, Jeremy Hett from Wimborne). This group exists to provide support, encouragement, accountability, to help raise the profile of our work among Dorset churches and Christians, and encourage a wider involvement, practically, through prayer and financially, both in terms of the work itself and in support of Ian and Sally Carr and their family. The CLG meets several times a year and helps organise a report meeting for the sharing of fellowship, support and information.
 
Ian and Sally are associated with Counties nationally, and receive a monthly gift from them, but are not salaried by Counties. Essentially, they rely on the Lord's provision of funds, which effectively come through the financial fellowship of His people, individually and as churches.
Please prayerfully consider whether you might be able to support us in this very necessary way, and have a look at the Funding Invitations via the buttons on this page.