St Giles’ Church is a family of people, who are on a journey with God. Being open is at the heart of so much that we do …open to God in worship, open to our neighbours, open to new ways of sharing God’s life and love with everyone around. So we want to welcome everyone (from nought to ninety-plus!). We try to cater for people at every stage on the journey of faith (from those who’ve never “darkened the doors” to those who were effectively Christians from birth), and we aim to serve those who want the church to be there at critical moments in their lives – like when a family wants a baby christened, or a couple are planning to marry, or when someone has died. And while we always want to share the hope and strength and peace that Jesus offers, we also seek to be sensitive to the reality that not everyone across our parish community is strongly or traditionally religious.
A bit more about me personally…. Margaret and I have been here at St Giles’ since 2010, having previously served in Harefield (on the edge of London diocese). Prior to that we lived and worked in Kenya, and before that in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Living near (sometimes it feels too near!) the M6 feels like we have come full circle. The first parish in which I worked was next to the M6 as well, at Aston in Birmingham.
Alongside all the “Sunday stuff”, I enjoy the opportunities that we have at St Giles’ for involvement in local schools, and the privilege of serving and supporting people at some of the special moments in life.
Away from the job, I love running – I do the Parkrun at Coventry Memorial Park every Saturday morning – along with walking and climbing (with my younger son Peter we have done a couple of big mountain trips in recent years) and playing cricket. That’s mostly at Bedworth CC, where I’ve been made very welcome. I enjoy cooking, especially our home-grown vegetables; also watching rubgy on the TV, and gripping dramas like Homelands.
Margaret and I are looking forward to retirement later this year. In fact, she has stopped work already (she was a nurse at the Myton Hospices), and is enjoying being a grandmother to our new grandchildren. One lives in Stoke-on-Trent with his parents – James our elder son is also a Vicar, in Stoke. Our newest grandson lives in Bristol with his Mum and Dad.