Lisa will be joining us in October.
Lisa is currently the Rector of Kersal Moor, St Paul; Area Dean of Salford and a member of General Synod. She has written us the following by way of introduction:
Dear St James and Emmanuel
I greet you warmly and am looking forward to coming to work with you as your half-time vicar in October this year with my husband John, who would be an asset to any parish. You may also see our grown-up children from time to time: Julian, Miles, Kenton and Miriam, and my Mum, Nancy, who is excited about our move. And before you ask… no, we don’t have any pets.
I am excited by the prospect of working with your Rector and Staff Team to serve you. I look forward to accompanying you on your faith journey whether you have been fully aware of the love of God for many years, or are becoming conscious that you are growing up in Christ, or have not even yet begun to realise how gloriously you are loved by God, and what that might mean for your life.
What I will bring you from God is not easy to describe from a list of my qualifications or my CV, so I hope you will forbear with me if I let you get to know me as we go along rather than tell you too much about myself before we meet. I will confess that I have been working in Kersal for 15 years, as area dean of Salford for the last five years, on General Synod for the last three years, and that last September I was given ‘permission to be senior’ by being made a Canon (which is such strange title it still amuses me). And I will also admit to enjoying online chess and scuba-diving. But more importantly, I am coming with love to share and a deep desire to become a blessing to you and to your mission and ministry in Didsbury.
Please will you hold us Battyes in your prayers as we prepare to lay down the work here – especially those in my parish who have recently been bereaved and for the saints who will find their roles changing unexpectedly when I go.
‘I am with you’ (Isaiah 41:10)
With love in Christ,