What is a vicar, a churchwarden, a reader...? Confused?
Rev Graeme's last service with us took place on December 4th 2016 and now we are officially "between vicars" (or in an interregnum).
The PCCs of our 2 churches have devoted a lot of time to praying and thinking about the appointment of a new vicar - and the process is going forward well!
In the meantime church life continues under the leadership of our churchwardens and Lay Readers, supported by Rev Canon Alan Haydock for our more traditional services and also Rev Canon Keith Turner.
From my childhood I have attended church on a regular basis. I had an early insight of the duties of a churchwarden, as my father held that position for many years in our small rural parish in Oxfordshire. I also sang in the church choir for a number of years – until my voice broke.
I was born in Leicester, and lived in various places in Leicestershire until my mid teens when my Dad's job took the family to Suffolk. As well as working full time my Dad led several village chapels over the years as a lay Pastor. At age 13 I realised that I had to make my own decision to be a Christian I couldn't rely on my parents faith, Jesus had died to forgive my sins and he wanted me to follow him.
Since his ordination in Southwell Minster in 1965, Alan has served the whole of his ministry in Nottinghamshire. For 26 years he was the Rector of East Bridgford & Kneeton before his retirement in 2006. Alan is still readily available at any time to assist with pastoral concerns.
Members of the PCC for the current year are:
Dave Townsend - Churchwarden & Vice Chair
Sue Megahy - Churchwarden
Harry Hughes - PCC Secretary
Roger Scothern - Treasurer & Deanery Rep
Martin Skeffington - Deanery Rep
Rev Canon Alan Haydock
Rev Gail Spencer (Chaplain to NUH)
Julie Pearce - Reader
Joan Reynolds - Reader