The news was announced on Easter Sunday that for the first time in a generation St Mary’s will be getting a curate! Michelle Parton is currently finishing her study at Queens Theological College in Birmingham and will be ordained at the Cathedral on 5th July, after which she’ll be joining the team here in Wythall in a (nearly) full time capacity for approximately 3-4 years. Michelle brings with her husband Graham and daughter Amélie-Rose who will be 18 months old when they arrive. Please pray for Michelle as she prepares for the move and for her ordination and be excited as to what God will bring to St Mary’s through her and her family.
Michelle has written to introduce herself to us:
Hi! I’m Michelle. Together with my husband Graham and our daughter Amélie-Rose, I am looking forward to getting to know you all when I take up my curacy at St Mary’s in July. Here’s a little bit about me:
I had the privilege of growing up in a lovely village on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, and since the age of 17 I’ve lived in lots of places including Belgium, Germany, Aberystwyth, Bristol and Leamington Spa. For the past three years we have lived in Edgbaston at the Queen’s Foundation which is where I have been training for ministry. I’ve got a background in admin – before starting at Queen’s I worked for six years as Operations Manager at The Springfield Project which is a Christian community project in Sparkhill, Birmingham, and before that I spent a year as Chaplaincy Assistant at the University of Bristol’s Multifaith Chaplaincy.
I studied French and Geography at university in Aberystwyth, which is where I met Graham, who was doing his PhD in Atmospheric Physics at the time. Graham now works at the British Atmospheric Data Centre near Oxford. Together we enjoy walking, board games, folk dance, good food, and we are both also passionate about environmental issues. I have many more interests than I realistically have time for (including crafts, music, languages etc.), but I like to do Pilates regularly if I can.
Amélie-Rose will be 18 months old when we arrive at St Mary’s. She is a bright and very active little girl, certainly keeping her parents busy!
I will have a lot to learn about being a vicar but I believe St Mary’s Wythall will be a great place to do this. One of the things I find exciting about the Christian faith is the fact that Jesus came so that we might have life in all its fullness (John 10:10), and I very much look forward to being part of the work of St Mary’s, working for the flourishing of the whole community.
Michelle Parton, April 2015