Rejoice with us ! Our new Chaplain, Nick Finlay, will be licensed in St Marc’s on February 7th 2021 ! (the service will be available on zoom, as numbers in St Marc’s are extremely restricted.) We are overjoyed to welcome him, and his wife, Julia, to our church family !
“Nick and Julia arrived in Grenoble sooner than anyone expected. This was because Nick was interviewed, and appointed, while he was working as a locum, in Sicily, and they were able to travel here from Sicily without restriction. It would have been difficult to return to England without long delays. So it was agreed that they should remain here, and be licensed as quickly as possible.
They’ve had a few practical problems, no winter clothes when they arrived; and they had to move from their apartment in Lancashire by ‘remote control’. Their belongings are waiting for them in Ramsgate – to be collected when it is easier to travel. But they are ‘happy to be here’!
Nick has been ordained for twenty years. After a career of more than 30 years in sales and marketing, he took early retirement and studied Applied Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, for three years. On returning to England, he was selected for ordination training and spent a further year at St John’s College, Nottingham. Ordained deacon, in Liverpool in 2002, he was priested a year later.
Nick served as curate in two parishes in Liverpool; and as incumbent in Sittingbourne in Canterbury Diocese, before moving to the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, in the Church in Wales; where, as well as being a parish priest, he launched a chaplaincy for Dyfed-Powys Police. Since moving to Shropshire, some years ago, Nick has been working as an assistant priest in several parishes, and as a volunteer hospital chaplain.
Nick and Julia ‘retired’ to Lancashire in 2019, but Nick says he felt called to Grenoble after repeatedly seeing our advertisement for a Chaplain and feeling he had something to offer. They are both looking forward to their ministry among the people of St Marc’s.”
Apart from this licensing service, until further notice, we will still be holding our Sunday services and bible studies by zoom.
Details of all our services since mid March can be found on this page : “Our church during the coronavirus epidemic“.
Some fun activities for children can be found on our “Kid’s corner” page !
Since the lockdown, and up until the end of January 2021, we have had “online locums”: John Dinnen from Northern Ireland, Ben Johnson-Frow from New Zealand, Michael Selman, Chris Martin, Clifford Owen, Nick Finlay, Stuart Bell, Richard Venn and again Chris Martin.
You can also follow our facebook page !
See our “What’s on” page for upcoming events in Church —————————————————————
During the past 2 years, locum pastors have kindly volunteered to come and help us out : So far our locums have been Stuart Broughton, Clifford Owen, Michael Selman, Peter Lee, Chris Martin, Dianne Cox, and Peter Pimentel, who were able to be with us physically ! (see also above for our “online locums”). and we are thankful to them all. Alan Golton also helped out a lot !
Some people join us for a couple of years and others just for a couple of weeks, some live in France permanently, but however long you are with us, you will soon find that you feel part of our growing church family.
We think of St. Marc’s as an oasis in the city, put here by God, for you.
Is anyone thirsty? Jesus said “Let them come to me and drink”.
Wherever you’re from, whatever your background, a warm welcome awaits you!