After a long wait for a new minister, the Venerable Caroline Baston from the Isle of Wight is to become the new Transition Minister and Priest in Charge of St Andrews Church, North Swindon.
As she looks forward to the challenge of caring for a growing parish of 22,000 people, she said, “I’m excited as well as daunted by God’s call to North Swindon. The call to something new came out of the blue, but I believe it right to respond to this challenge. I hope the fruits of this venture will be of benefit, not just to the local people, but the wider diocese and Church as well.”
As Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight for five years, Caroline has been one of the Bishop of Portsmouth’s senior colleagues, responsible for supporting, encouraging and resourcing clergy and parishes on the island.
The role of Transition Minister is a time-limited post of three years which involves working with the congregation and others in North Swindon – a retired priest with development and training skills, a newly appointed schools and community worker and the headteacher at St Francis Church of England Primary School, Taw Hill – to help the community respond to the challenges of rapid growth.
Moving back to Taw Hill
Following completion of the major extension at St Francis, St Andrew’s Church is planning to start 10am services on 11 and 18 September and thereafter on the second and third Sunday mornings of the month.
For details of services and to enquire about mid-week groups, baptisms, weddings and funerals, call the church office on 702715.