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Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and members of staff.
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Revd Jo Smith - Vicar   The Wardens
Jo has been our vicar since December 2019.  She is a southerner by birth but a northerner at heart, having been up here since she came to University in Salford.

She longs for people to know the difference that Jesus can make to their lives.  Before joining us here, she was curate in Horwich and prior to that was a Youth & Children's Minister in 2 different churches.

Jo enjoys spending time with family, friends and her many godchildren, travelling, cooking and she even tries her hand at growing fruit and veg in the vicarage garden!  She is also chaplain to Ironman (a long distance triathlon race, and no she hasn't done one!).

  Andy Grant (the one on the left with the smart tie) has been a warden here for quite a few years now. On Sundays he can usually be found at the back of church with the other warden, Kelv, trying to make the Vicar giggle at inappropriate moments.

It was two vicars ago when Andy became warden. He thought that the then vicar had come round to look at the new website he had just built but when the vicar was leaving having looked at the website he casually asked the somewhat surprised Andy if he would consider becoming a warden. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kelvin Bushell is a relatively new warden compared to his mentor Andy, having only become warden one vicar ago.

You will normally find Kelvin at the church door to welcome you before the service with Andy, before they retire to the back of church to look after us during the service.  During Communion, Kelvin will happily offer you a steady hand coming down the steps, back from the rail, if you need it.
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Revd Amy Bland - Curate    
Amy started as our curate in July 2021. She is originally from Cambridge but after working in a church in Blackpool for a year, she knew the north west was the place to be.

Amy loves seeing the transformation Jesus can make in people's lives both in big and small ways, and is excited to help introduce people of all ages and backgrounds to Jesus.

Amy loves all things outdoors, including walking and camping. She is excited about the abundance of hills up here, compared with the very flat Fens where she grew up.

If you need to contact the Church then please visit the Contact Us page.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

The following information is specifically for those planning to visit us for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

Most of our services take place in the Church Building (details below) starting at 10am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to give you plenty of time to park your car and then find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespeople who will give you everything you need for the service and show you where to sit.

After the 10am service tea, coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!) is served in the Community Centre. It is a great way to meet other people from church and enjoy a time of fellowship together.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome from the Vicar and usually lasts about an hour. On the first and third Sundays of the month the service is Holy Communion using Common Worship. The second Sunday of the month is when we have our Family Parade Service and the fourth Sunday service is Morning Praise. Neither of these services includes Holy Communion. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month we will have an All Age Service which is often quite lively with something for everyone regardless of how many years young they are.  It's probably easiest to check the calendar to see what is on each week!

If you prefer a quieter, more traditional service then at 8am each Sunday we have a quiet BCP (1662) Holy Communion Service which lasts about 45 mins.

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Is there a dress code?

No!  Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

What about my children?

Children are welcome at all of our services, though some are more aimed towards children and families.
2nd Sunday of the month - Parade Service at 10am in church 
4th Sunday of the month - TOAST at 9.30am & 11am in the Community Centre
5th Sunday of the month - All Age Service at 10am in church.

Wednesday's in term time - Early Birds at 9.10am in church (for pre-schoolers and their carers).


Will I have to join in?

Not at all!  You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

Plan your journey: 

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There is wheelchair access to church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the sidespeople know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a toilet at the front of church with level access from outside.


Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel welcome and at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Reverend Jo