Rev. Emma Sykes
Hello, I am delighted to be appointed as the next Vicar of St Barnabas Erdington and I am looking forward to 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.”
Donald moved to Erdington 38 years ago and has worshipped and been a valued member of the congregation at St. Barnabas for all that time.
He has been a member of the PCC at different stages throughout the years and was installed as a Churchwarden in November 2018.
Since then he has helped to steer the church through an interregnum and has offered a lot of time, effort and advice (as well as very tasty cake making) into helping the staff with the Church Centre Café and conference facilities. Donald recently turned 70 and has decided he needs time for a well deserved break so is now stepping down as Church Warden.
Thank you Donald for your immense hard work and all that you have given.
A new church warden will be appointed in the coming weeks.