My name is Alison Harris, and I became the vicar of this parish in January, 2012.
I haven't always been "a vicar"! I started my working life as a teacher, mainly teaching in primary and special schools. After teaching, I worked for Chester Diocese as their Adviser for Ministry among Children, and then for Bible Reading Fellowship, as part of their children's ministry team. Both these roles involved working with children and churches and schools to help foster children's spirituality and faith formation. I was ordained in 2008 and served as a Curate in the parish of St. Mary and St. Helen, Neston. I feel well-settled here already, and am very excited about what God has in store for us here in this parish. My hope and my prayer is that we will continue to grow together as a church community, whilst at the same time looking outwards as we continue to show and share God's love, locally and further afield.
I am married to Brian (who is also ordained and is the vicar of the next-door parish, in Lostock Gralam) and we have two daughters, Emma and Sarah, who are both teachers and who both now live away, though we take every opportunity to gather as a family when we can. We also have a very lively springer spaniel, called Pip.
Parish ministry is very busy and doesn't leave too much time for leisure interests, but we do like to get away in our campervan when we can, and we enjoy watching plays and films. I also dabble in card-making when time allows.