Open Door Concerts
Rev'd Sharon Crofts
Lead Chaplain and Bereavement Support Officer for UHCW NHS Trust, covering the Hospitals of St Cross and Walsgrave and Myton Hospices
We are very blessed in that a number of retired clergy help the Rector in the taking of services and we also have Lay Ministers called Readers.
Rev'd Barry Collins- Former Prison Governor, member of the Progressive Christianity Network.
Rev'd Pam Gould - Chaplain to the Mothers' Union and part of the Children and Family Team.
Rev'd Bill Griffiths - is a full-time music teacher and musician, but he can also be seen at the 8am Sunday morning service.
Rev'd Peter Privett - takes services, writes and works in children's spirituality and is part of the Children and Family Team.
We have a team of lay people who exercise various lay ministries.
Readers - Lay Ministers (licensed to preach and take services):
Sue Goddard and Gwyneth Hickman
Teachers and Worship Leaders
Evangelist: Matt Robinson located at Mister Robinsons barber shop
Pastor: Moira Gatward leads our pastoral work and organises home communions for those in care homes
Youth Leaders: Hannah Priest and Magdalene Parmenter leading our work with young people
A very large team of volunteers work alongside staff to keep St Andrew's Church running.
Volunteers run our cafe, ring our bells, sing in the choir, work as lay chaplains, steward services, take communion to those in care homes, help to care for our building, arrange flowers and more! There are many ways to participate in the life of our community. For all roles you will need to fill in an application form and provide references. Certain roles will be subject to a DBS check.
For events volunteering contact Amber directly. For other roles please contact the parish office
Rev'd Peter Privett,
Peter is a textile artist and you will be able to see some of his creative projects at St Andrew's Church. The 'story chair', for instance, which featured in the 2014 Rugby Festival of Culture was created in partnership with Lawrence Sheriff School and was used as a way of exploring stories of reconciliation with children from a number of local primary schools.
The colourful work which came from the Magnificat Project is incorporated into the Lady Chapel space at St Andrew's. You can see some of the detail from that work below (behind the Cross).
You can view some of his Gethsemane Garments, 'threads of hope and suffering' here.
Peter is known for his dramatic displays and creations that help us visually experience and creatively enter the Christian stories.
Revd Barry Collins,
After nine years as a curate then rector in the Diocese of Manchester, Barry joined the Prison Service, not as a chaplain but as a prison governor. He worked in five prisons and at Regional Headquarters, including Onley and Gartree which first brought him to Rugby and to his association with St. Andrew’s, and with St. Peter’s where he and his young family worshipped and he regularly assisted. In 1998 Barry returned to parish ministry becoming a vicar in Evesham where the Bishop (of Worcester) was Bishop to Prisons and Barry became his Adviser. In 2011 Barry retired and came to live in Rugby, worshipping and regularly assisting at St. Andrew's. He describes his particular gifts as ‘yet to be discerned’.
Sue Goddard, Reader (Lay Minister)
Before retirement, Sue worked as a Careers Advisor, Marriage and
bereavement counsellor, and was a Diocesan Vocations Advisor. She is
on the Rugby Christian Aid Steering Group and helps run the local
Progressive Christianity Network, a group which aims to question and
debate all aspects of faith openly and without judgement.
She enjoys cultural activities, painting, badminton and outdoor pursuits.