Rev. Emma Sykes
Hello, I was delighted to have been appointed as the new Vicar of St Barnabas Erdington and it’s been great getting to know everyone, albeit in very creative ways at the moment! I have been ordained for 12 years and for the first six of those years I was at St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham City Centre. For the last six years I have had a collection of different roles that have included working in Birmingham Diocese in the area of Vocations (helping people to discern where God is calling them), working for CPAS, a mission agency in the area of Leadership and Vocations and I have been an Assistant Missioner at St. Michael’s Church in Boldmere. I am married to Mac (also known as Andrew) and we have two teenage boys, Jacob (18) and Joel (16).
I am excited to be given this opportunity to serve not only the church at St Barnabas, but also the wider community and I am looking forward to journeying with you all to continue to grow and discern God’s kingdom purposes for the people and place of Erdington.
To view Emma’s introductory message on YouTube click here
” I have worshipped at St Barnabas since my childhood and have progressed from Sunday school to churchwarden. I have held my current post since the church re-opened following the fire. You may see me around at weekends either outside the church collecting litter or helping on the welcome desk on Saturdays.
As churchwarden I am keen to make sure everyone who attends the church feels welcome and comes away with a positive sense of what a church can offer the community.
Outside of church I work in social care for older people. I have a diploma in Social Care from Anglia University in Chelmsford, Essex, where I lived for two years. Prior to that I studied history at the University of North London in the mid –nineties.”
My working life was spent in the Civil Service, I came to Birmingham from Nottingham, on promotion in 1970, retiring in 1994. During my time I represented the Service at cricket and played hockey for my Department.
St Barnabas became my church family a few years after arriving in Birmingham. Here I found a place to nurture my Christian faith and made many friends who remain very important. I take part in all the Lent and Advent groups and am a member of a House Group which meets every two weeks for Bible study, hymn singing and fellowship. In 2016 I was asked to be the Representative Lay Person for our curate, and although initially apprehensive I enjoyed the role and playing my part in her formation.
I belong to the Christian Music Ministries choir who present the musicals of Roger Jones at churches around the midlands area and also belong to a small ecumenical group going to a local care home once a month for a short service.
In whatever spare time I have you will find me either in my garden or at my allotment.