The Rev’d Canon Janet Roberts became vicar of St. Nicholas’ Church at the beginning of 2013, and brought with her years of experience serving in a variety of parishes across the north west and south of England. Janet says ‘As a part of the Church of England, and part of a world-wide Anglican Communion, we value our past heritage, but also look towards to where God will lead us in the future. Whatever the future holds, we look to God to lead and unite us, and we do hope that you will join us in this exciting adventure. Jesus said ‘Follow Me’.
Rev’d Canon Janet Roberts, Vicar of St. Nicholas. Tel: 0151 924 3551; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev’d Ravi Sangra, our curate, was ordained as priest at the beginning of June 2017 at Liverpool Cathedral, having been appointed as curate to the parish in July 2016. the occasion was supported by his family and friends together with the St. Nicholas’ church family. He and his family have settled into the local community and we look forward to his continued input and experience into the parish in the coming years.
For 15 years Ravi worked in youth development in various parts of the country, but a few years ago felt a calling for ordination and has spent the last few years studying in Durham before moving to Blundellsands, Liverpool.
Keith Thornborough, Ordained Local Minister in training,
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. I have now returned from my placement at St Thomas’ Lydiate and St Cuthbert’s Halsall with Rev’d Paul Robinson. This has been a most wonderful time where I have had the opportunity to learn, serve and grow with a really good teacher and supervisor, a strong ministry team and lovely congregations.
The period of Lent with special Eucharists and Evening Prayers, Holy Week with services each evening reflecting on the servant nature of Our Lord ending on Maundy Thursday after the Eucharist in the garden for prayers and watch, the solemnity of Good Friday, the emptiness of Saturday and the Glories of Easter Day has been a real blessing to me. I have learnt so much. It was lovely to be on placement, but it’s also rather nice to come home!
I have recently completed Summer School for a week, this year at Liverpool Hope University and the end of my second year in training! Summer School had a focus on Pastoral Care and leadership. We were tasked in preparation for the school with looking deeply at ourselves; who we are, what makes us tick, how we respond to and what we bring to situations, ‘ our personhood and our presence ‘. We need to know these things so that we can support others in their times of need well, and with an appropriate response. It was a challenging week in lots of ways, but also very rewarding too. I loved the times of communal worship and prayer each day.
My studies resume in September with All Saints at the University of Chester Warrington Campus for my final year. I will be undertaking a short chaplaincy placement in the autumn.
As you can probably tell, life continues to be very busy and full, but I am grateful to God for His constant presence, assurance and also for the privilege and joy in being on this journey to ordination….. which will be, God willing, on 24th June 2018 at Liverpool Cathedral.
God Bless us all, Keith