New Thornbury priest in charge is welcomed

October 22 2020
New Thornbury priest in charge is welcomed

A NEW priest-in-charge for Thornbury's C of E churches has been welcomed at a special service.

The Rev Joy Ludlow (above) was licensed to be Priest-in-Charge at St Mary’s, St Paul’s, St Arilda’s and Shepperdine at a service in St Mary’s Parish Church, Thornbury by Bishop Rachel of Gloucester.

Also present at the service on October 7 was David Meara, representing Christ Church, Oxford as patron of both Thornbury and Oldbury), Archdeacon Hilary Dawson and Area Dean David Russell, together with a number of representatives of the churches of the United Benefice of Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn with Shepperdine.

Town mayor Jayne Stansfield also attended, along with Debbie Dix, the head teacher of Oldbury-on-Severn CE VC Primary School, and Karl Joyce, head of St Mary’s C of E VA Primary School.

Church wardens representative Paul Morrish said: "Many in Thornbury will already know the Rev Joy, as she spent over three years working as curate here, and now we wish her much happiness, and God’s blessing, in this new role."

A recording of the service can be found on the St Mary's Music channel on YouTube or via the web shortcut bit.ly/2TbNBec.

The service followed a welcome from Thornbury United Reformed Church for new minister the Rev Neil Thorogood.

The service on September 26 took an unusual form due to coronavirus restrictions, with the reduced congregation of 30 in socially-distanced seats and individual refreshments.

No congregational singing was allowed, but the church did reverberate to the sound of a solo from 13-year-old Ruby O'Sullivan (above), who sang Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen from the pulpit to maintain a suitable distance from the congregation.

Neil was welcomed by town mayor Jayne Stansfield and Pat Wells, moderator of Thornbury Churches Together (below).