We are delighted to confirm that this Sunday (3rd March 2019) an announcement was made at St Mary’s concerning the appointment of our new Vicar: Rev Amanda Featherstone.
The formal announcement is below; please read on after that for a message to St Mary’s from Amanda.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Amanda Featherstone as the next Vicar of St Mary’s Wythall in the Diocese of Birmingham. This appointment is subject to the usual checks and a date of licensing will be announced as soon as it is known. We give thanks for all the blessings of Amanda’s ministry at St Luke’s and rejoice with all at St Mary’s over the appointment of a new priest. We pray for Amanda and Paul as they leave St Luke’s and prepare to move to Wythall.
To all at St Mary’s Wythall,
I cannot tell you how excited I am to have been appointed as Vicar of St Mary’s. We have felt God open this door and very clearly guide us into what we know will be a new adventure with God and alongside you.
I am filled with joy as I think about serving at St Mary’s. I have loved reading your parish profile and hearing of the many wonderful areas of ministry currently in place. I pray we can build on all that God is already doing as we seek to worship Him and grow as disciples of Jesus. I am eager to explore with you how the family of St Mary’s can continue to be a blessing to one another and to the community of Wythall and Hollywood. I love meeting people and I am passionate about sharing God’s love and enabling people to meet Jesus and grow in faith.
I am married to Paul, we got married last April and we are thoroughly enjoying married life. Paul has two children, Anthony (23) and Susie (20) and I am loving being part of a family. I enjoy the outdoors and going out walking.
There will be plenty of time for lots more information and sharing our stories in the months and years to come and I really look forward to this.
Thank you for your prayers as we leave St Luke’s, move to Wythall and enter this wonderful new season with you at St Mary’s.
Amanda Featherstone (previously Amanda Howett) is currently Parish Priest at St Luke’s, Birmingham. The date of her licensing in Wythall has not yet been fixed – watch this space!