We are delighted to announce that Reverend Gareth Irvine is to be the next Vicar of St. Laurence Foleshill.
“In 2012, Jenny and I were ordained as Pioneer Ministers with Saint Aidan’s, with the vision of planting and developing communities of discipleship & mission to the North Coventry estates. We started 5 years ago as curates in Wood End, and have been immensely blessed and challenged by all that we have seen God do and the challanges that exist in urban mission. We continued to be lovingly and practically supported by members of the wider Westwood family, where we have belonged since 2000.
In the last year, I have been working part time as an Acceler8 Leadership Development Worker with the Diocese based at St John’s where my primary focus has been leading Form Coventry, which ended in June. Jenny has been based at St Chad’s Wood End, which also ended this summer.
Around Christmas last year, we began to sense that God was preparing to move us for the next stage of our calling – still to be in Coventry working in the north of the city, but working more closely together as one family unit out of a local church.
In July, I was interviewed, offered and accepted the job to be the next Vicar of St Laurence Foleshill, an evangelical church very close to where we currently live with a strong emphasis on mission and discipleship. The previous incumbent, Rev. Mike Cleeveland and his wife Mel, have just retired this week after 25 years of faithful and fruitful ministry.
We are really looking forward to working out the next season of our calling as part of the wider family of churches in this city. Please pray for us and for the other members of the Saint Aidan’s community in the coming weeks.
We will be joining Mike & Sarah Ashelby and others at the ‘Sending Out Sunday’ at St. John’s on Sunday 10th September when the Hammonds return from their sabbatical. David & Caroline have known about the potential of this move for a little while and have been fully supportive of it!
Thank you all for your friendship, love and support. If you have any questions or want to find out more about St Laurence’s, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Gareth will be finishing his role at St. John’s at the end of September and will be licensed at St Laurence’s on Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm – to which you are all warmly invited! More details will follow. Please pray for Gareth, Jenny, Jessica & Caleb as they prepare to move home and start in this new role as a family together.