Rev. Michael Loach
We are delighted that Mike has joined us from his curacy at St.Bridget’s, West Kirby. Married to Sarah and with two children, Mike was a teacher before he was ordained.
Eunice joined us in July 2016 following her ordination to become a deacon. She was delighted to obtain early retirement from Unilever Port Sunlight in 2012 to enable her to serve God, the church and community more fully.
Ted has been a Reader here since 2004. A Reader in the Church of England is a Lay Minister, licensed to preach and teach and help take services. Ted assists with all these on Sundays and Wednesdays and at Baptism services. Ted co-leads a house-group and visits with the pastoral Team and following funerals. With Jill Wright, he heads up the Oasis Mental Health support group. He very often helps with courses such as Alpha or Confirmation preparation.
Jill is also a licenced Reader, since 2007, and regularly preaches and leads services on Sundays and sometimes elsewhere in the deanery. Reader ministry is also exercised in small groups. Like Ted, Jill co-leads the Oasis mental health support group, and has pioneered the popular ‘Knit and Natter’ group, which has been meeting since October 2011. Jill also has a particular interest in supporting Reader activities and is Reader representative both for the deanery and the North West area of the diocese. As such she attends Diocesan Reader’s Council meetings to represent Readers within her remit. Jill also has a particular calling to exercise funeral ministry and is trained and licensed to conduct funerals.
Pam, a Reader since 2002, joined us in 2017 from St Stephen’s in Prenton. Pam is also a Sister of The Order of Jacob’s Well which is an expanding group of communities who share a common vision of studying, preaching and practicing the good news of the Kingdom of God and the Message of the Cross.
Pam has a particular interest in Celtic Christianity and during her years as a Reader has often served as a chaplain on Bardsey Island and has also led Pilgrimages there.
Mrs Rhona Snelson
Rhona has been a member of Christ Church since 1966, joining her husband who was organist here. With a young family, she became a member of the Mothers Union in 1970 and remains so today. Caring has always been an important part of her life as wife, mother, schoolteacher and in the community.
Elected as churchwarden in 2013, Rhona feels blessed to have the opportunity of caring for the church family and together with Alan, to serve the church in Higher Bebington.
Gary Shaw is a retired Head Teacher having worked in primary schools in Liverpool and Wirral. He has been a member of Christ Church since 1979, a member of the PCC on numerous occasions and is delighted to be Church Warden of the Church that the family has worshipped in for almost 40 years. He currently works as a Liverpool Diocesan Advisor travelling throughout the area visiting many schools offering support when necessary.
June is also a Licensed Lay Minister, holding a licence as a Pastoral Worker; she was licensed in 2006. June coordinates the pastoral care offered by Christ Church. She runs the contacts scheme where people look out for missing members of the congregation Sunday by Sunday and follow up their welfare. She runs the Pastoral Visitors group who call on the sick and housebound, coordinates the Listening Service, and supports the Oasis Mental Health support group. An extension of her duties includes the organisation of the Good News Coffee Morning held monthly. June is also a lay representative for Christ Church on Wirral North Deanery Synod.
It is probably fair to describe Victoria as being "the public face of the church" because she handles all initial enquiries relating to Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals - and much more besides. Victoria produces much of the church’s publicity (newsletter, magazine) and is the first port of call to find out what is happening. She produces all our service leaflets for Sundays and special events.
Judith joined the Parish Office in August 2014. Judith and Victoria will be operating a job share of the Parish Secretary role. We will usually see Judith in the parish office on a Thursday morning and then more frequently on other days in the school holidays.
John manages the day to day running of Christ Church Community Centre. Take a look at the Community Centre website to see what facilities and activities it has to offer.