A statement from the Vicar, Sunday 12 February 2017
I am delighted to be able to announce that Revd Kate Toogood has been appointed as our ‘House for Duty’ Associate Vicar and she will come to the parish with her husband, Lawrence and three young boys in September.
Kate will work for three days a week as Associate Chaplain and maths teacher at Reading Blue Coat School and in return for the housing package offered by the parish, she will serve as our priest for two week days and Sundays, sharing some of the pastoral, liturgical and school work with Bob and myself.
As is usual with House for Duty roles, no stipend is paid, but expenses of office are provided and council tax and water rates are paid, in line with Diocesan policy.
Kate is currently in her training curacy in Louth, Lincolnshire, and prior to ordination training at Cuddesden, Oxford, was a maths teacher. Please pray for her and her family as they prepare for the move.
The hope is now that the parish will be able to employ a trained youth worker and they will be paid using the stipend money that was raised for Revd Alison Waters’ role.
However, this decision will not be rushed as the PCC need to have time to review finances amidst all the exciting things that are presently going on.
It has been most heartening to see how this has all worked out, and we have much to thank God for.
Kate is a warm and engaging priest and I look forward to working with her.
Revd Jamie Taylor