Our vicar has retired, what happens now?
Our vicar has retired so what happens while we don’t have a vicar and how will a new one be appointed? These are two reasonable and important questions.
What happens while we don’t have a vicar?
Obviously, it can’t quite be business as usual, but it won’t be far off. Worship will continue at the times and in the form that it has been since we have been able to meet in church in limited numbers as lockdown began to lift. We continue with a mix of communion services twice a week in church (2 p.m. on Sundays and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays) and services streamed live on Facebook on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Morning prayer is also streamed live on Facebook at 9.15 a.m. Monday – Wednesday. Open Table services will continue on the second Sunday of the month at 6.30 p.m. with a mix of in church, open air and live streamed services as announced.
We are grateful to a generous team of clergy and lay ministers who are helping us to maintain our worship. You can keep up to date by reading the weekly newsletters on this website.
If you want to arrange a baptism, a funeral or a wedding, you can still contact our parish administrator Paul Beardwood on 0151 345 3231. Paul works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
If you want to have a chat with someone from the church, spend some time in church, light a candle or just have a good cup of coffee, why not drop into the Hub. We are open from 9 a.m. until noon on Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays.
How will a new vicar be appointed?
The procedural arrangements for appointing a new vicar in the Church of England are detailed and can seem quite complex. The formalities can only begin after the previous vicar has retired and many people have a part to play in them. Each parish has one or more ‘patrons’. The patrons for All Saints with St Frideswyde are the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rector of Sefton, the Vicar of St Luke, Great Crosby and the Church Pastoral Aid Society. Each of them will be involved or represented in the appointment process, together with two representatives of the church council (PCC).
An important early step is the production of a document called the Parish Profile. Work on this is initiated by the PCC. It describes the parish, its people and what goes on in the parish. It also talks of the role that the new vicar might play inn the life of the parish. Work has started on the Parish Profile, members of the congregation have been consulted and leaders of the local community are being consulted. The profile for our parish will be completed in July. When key decisions on filling the post of vicar have been made and applications are invited, this document will be important reading for those considering applying.
The post will be advertised by the diocese on its website and, when applications have closed, the patrons and parish representatives will meet to agree a shortlist. There will be interviews by the patrons or their representatives and the parish representatives and visits to the parish for candidates. When an appointment has been offered and accepted an announcement will be made at the same time in our church and in the church the new vicar is leaving. The whole process is likely to take several months.
Ann Iverson (Churchwarden)
Ann is married to Gordon and have two children and four grandchildren. She has lived locally all her life and was educated at Waterloo Park Girls’ Grammar School. Ann worked in insurance until she left work to have her children, then went to work part-time in Sainsbury’s. Ann enjoys knitting, sewing and reading in her ‘spare’ time and watching sport (from her armchair). She enjoys helping to organise social events, co-ordinating the running of the Community HUB and is church warden.
Andrew Thompson-Smith (Reader & Treasurer)
Andrew is married to Penny and they have two children and six grandchildren. By profession, he is an architect but is now fully retired. He is a keen sailor and a qualified Yachtmaster. He loves folk music and is a guitarist and lead singer in Time Ashore folk band. Andrew is a licensed lay minister (Reader) and preaches and leads services about once a month. He is also our church Treasurer and leads our Eco-Church group.
Audrey Bruford (Reader)
Audrey lives locally in Crosby and works full-time as a Manager at Aintree Hospital. She is currently in her first year as a Reader in training. Audrey is involved in children’s ministry at ASSF. She is married with two daughters and likes to read in her ‘spare time’!!!
Diane Hughes (Hall Secretary, Verger & Electoral Roll Officer)
Diane is married, has two grown-up children and lives in Crosby where she has worshipped at All Saints with St Frideswydes for a number of years. Diane is the verger for weddings and funerals, the church hall secretary responsible for hiring the hall out for local community use and a barista in the Community HUB. Diane enjoys card making and spending time with her grandchildren and is known to enjoy a bowl of trifle at many of the enjoyable social events the church holds throughout the year.
Alan Mears (Health & Safety Coordinator)
Alan has lived in Crosby and worshipped at All Saints for over sixty years. Married with two grown-up children and now retired, Alan retired as PCC Secretary to take up the reins of the exciting Building Project which saw significant improvement to the church, link area and hall. Alan is now the Health & Safety Co-ordinator as well as company secretary to our childcare charity. With half a working life in civil engineering and half in personnel management, Alan takes a special interest in all buildings and staff matters. In his ‘spare’ time he enjoys gardening and genealogy and leads on the maintenance of a residential centre near Southport belonging to Girlguiding Sefton
Pat Howard (Children’s Safeguarding Coordinator)
Pat was raised in Crosby but spent most of her working life in Surrey and returned to Crosby on retirement. She worships at ASSF where she assists with the children’s work in Babes in a Bubble and Sunday Club and is also a barista in the HUB. As part of a team from ‘In Another Place’ Pat was regularly going into local schools to conduct assemblies pre Covid and is hoping to continue once restrictions allow. She is also an active member of a couple of local drama groups.
David Winsland (Vulnerable Adults Coordinator)
David recently retired as Churchwarden after eleven years of service. David is a retired Primary School Headteacher. He is married to Lynne and they have three grown up sons and five grandchildren. David and Lynne are very active in the work of Lion’s Club International both locally and in the North West. David was formerly an active sportsman but now enjoys his sport as a watcher, especially rugby.
Paul Beardwood (Parish Office Administrator)
Paul has lived in the Parish of St Frideswyde since 2007 after getting married at St Luke’s church in Crosby. Paul has been involved in church life since an early age, through playing for services, helping with building maintenance and IT assistance. He has a background in electrical engineering since leaving school and more recently a part time employee at St Luke’s Church as Property Manager. Paul is the first point of contact if you email or phone the office and hopefully he will be able to help you or point you in the right direction if he doesn’t know the answer!