Archived here from the homepage. Originally published 25th September 2015.
Please join us all in a belated welcome to the Revd Ted Whittaker, his wife Caroline and their children Hannah and Peter
On Friday 4th September 2015 the parishes of the new United Benefice of Teme Valley North, Abberley, Shrawley, Great and Little Witley met together at St Mary’s Abberley to celebrate the Licensing and Installation of Revd Ted Whittaker as our Priest-in-Charge by Bishop John.
In her sermon, Archdeacon Nikki Groarke reminded us all of the kind of priest we had asked for in our Parish Profiles: someone who is forward thinking and collaborative with a heart for the rural community; someone who is deeply rooted in prayer and study of the scriptures and can renew and transform us all by regular worship.
Ted was welcomed as our Priest-in-Charge by representatives from each of the churches and by representatives of the local communities, including other faith groups, the WI, local schools, and the District Council.
Following the service we were delighted to meet so many of Revd Ted’s friends from Uttoxeter at Abberley Village Hall, where parishioners had worked together to provide a buffet supper. It was also good to have the opportunity, during the evening, to thank the retired clergy who played such a crucial role in leading church services during the Vacancy.
Our thanks go to the Churchwardens of Abberley St Mary for all their hard work in preparing for the service.
We now look forward to building a vision for all our churches and communities under the leadership of Ted’s ministry.