Who's Who

TEAM VICAR

 REVEREND CANON PHILIP GREEN (Bth Hons)

I am married to Jan and have two sons and two grandchildren. I trained for ordination on NOC following a career as District Works Planner in the NHS in Warrington.

My title was served at Emmanuel Church, Southport when I was deaconed in 1994 and priested the following year before moving to St John’s, Crossens in 1998. I have been Team Rector and I am now Team Vicar and Area Dean.Other posts I have held over the past 10 years are; Executive member of the Clergy Housing committee, Deanery Chaplain to Readers, Deanery Marshal, ATC Chaplain, Chair of Governors to St John’s and St Stephen’s CofE Schools, Trustee of Southport Churches Welfare Committee and founder member of Crossens Community Association. Interests outside parish work are golf, reading and bird watching.

 

RETIRED CLERGY

REVEREND CANON LES THOMAS

I began my ministry as Curate at St. John’s, Knotty Ash in 1969, after which we moved to two coal mining villages in St. Helens. Then it was up to Southport as Vicar of St. Stephen’s in Banks. The Parish included the chaplaincy of Greaves Hall Hospital which was a large long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities. This began for me a particular interest in ministering to people with such special needs – an interest, and I believe a calling, that would be a main focus for me over the next twenty five years. After leaving Banks, we served for ten years in Crosby as Vicar of the newly established Parish Church of All Saints’. During these years I led ecumenical Days of Prayer and retreats for people with learning disabilities at the Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral. 

Wanting more hands-on work with people with special needs, I moved over to the Chester Diocese in 1992 where, for the next ten years, I was Chaplain of the David Lewis Centre for Epilepsy, and Vicar of a country parish just outside Knutsford.

Having grown up in down-town Liverpool, the Lord’s sense of humour then came to the fore when I found myself Vicar of four rural parishes in deepest Cheshire, and the Rural Dean of Malpas.


My wife Pam and I retired to Southport in 2010, and now enjoy our four grandchildren, DIY projects, gardening (when I have to!), my passion for movie making and Pam’s passion for art and ceramics. Oh, and also helping out in the North Meols Team, mostly at St. Cuthbert’s and the Church at the Centre. You never truly retire from the Lord’s work.

 

RETIRED CLERGY

REVEREND WILLIAM WATSON (Bill)

After serving in the RAF I joined the Church Army in 1956 and was mainly involved in parish work in Warwickshire and prison chaplaincy on the Isle of Wight.  The Church Army taught me the value of a person to person ministry, which was to stand me in good stead in years to come in whole-time hospital chaplaincy.

In 1962 Olwyn and I were married at St.Nicholas' Church Sutton and in 1964 I became a student at Ripon Hall, Oxford.  I was ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 1966 to a curacy at Holy Trinity, Leamington Spa.

In 1978, after two incumbencies, in Warwickshire and Sheffield, I became Chaplain of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals, Shropshire, moving back to Sheffield in 1989 to become Chaplain of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Sheffield Children's Hospital.  I spent my final years with the NHS as a part-time chaplain at the Northern General Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, a well-known Sheffield hospital for the treatment of cancer patients.

Five years after retirement in Sheffield, we came to Southport.  On our first visit to St Cuthbert's on Sunday 3rd June 2007, we were given a warm welcome and now have many friends here.  

My main interests are Bible Study and Church History.  I am an avid reader and lover of classical music.  For physical exercise I enjoy swimming, walking and gardening, especially the growing of vegetables.

I am happy and privileged to be invited, where needed, to preach and conduct services within the North Meols Team Ministry.

 

READER

BRENDA JAGGER

My name is Brenda Jagger. I have been married to Mark for 42 years and we have three children and six grandchildren. I am a retired Community Pharmacist and my husband is a retired Bank Manager. My hobbies include gardening, swimming, travel and spending time with my grandchildren.

I was licensed as a Reader in 2004. Prior to this I have been a Sunday School teacher, a Brownie leader and a member of committees concerned with guiding and scouting.

The role of a Reader is to preach and teach and I take a very active role in our church services.  I enjoy working with the other members of our Team Ministry. I have become involved with Cafe Church, which we started a few years ago. The informal style of worship has proved attractive to families, who might not otherwise have ventured into our main building.

I join with our Lay Assistants in taking out Home Communion to a local residential home and also to housebound members of our fellowship. I assist in the running of our Bible Study Group.

I have been involved in addressing our financial problems and also at looking at the re-ordering of our church. I look forward to facing new challenges in the future.

 

READER

ROGER ABRAMS

Hello, I am Roger Abrams.  My wife Pamela and I celebrated our Golden Wedding a couple of years ago, we have two children and three grandchildren.

Reader Ministry was at a somewhat later stage in life, and at that time involved a foundation course followed by a further three years training, culminating in a Licensing Service in Liverpool Cathedral fifteen years ago.

Employment experience was in Marketing and General Management.  This was supplemented by service in the TA (now the Army Reserve).  

Subsequently interests and activities have involved Volunteer Fund Raising, watching Rugby Union and Cricket , and very much as an amateur gardener!

Differing roles over the years have offered valuable insights into the breadth of Church life at various levels, typically as Deputy Churchwarden, Churchwarden, on Deanery and Diocesan Synods, Deanery Reader Chapter, and the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee.

My Licence has recently been transferred to St Cuthbert, although I have enjoyed the privilege of increasingly assisting here and occasionally at St Stephen over the past four years.

There is a tremendous opportunity to build on the 825 year old Christian foundations in Churchtown village, and I value the prospect of making whatever onward contribution that I am able.