Last Sunday, 5th September, saw St Mary's bid farewell to Rev Laura Rhodes, our Assistant Priest. Laura has been appointed as the Vicar of St Peter's Church, Hargrave and will take up her new role on 13th September.
This is not the first time we have said goodbye to Laura as she grew up in the parish as a daughter of Colin and (Rev) Maureen Pickering, and after school, gained her Theology degree at Durham University. Subsequently, Laura trained for the Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and served her curacy at St Bartholomew's and St Anne's in Wilmslow. Laura returned to St Mary's in 2017, with particular involvement in the children's ministry, including Messy Church and Storytelling.
Following the service on Sunday, members of the congregation joined Laura and her family for refreshments in the Handbridge Centre and a chance to express their thanks for all she has brought to St Mary's.