Messages from the Team Vicar
Rev'd Garry Whittaker
I was ordained in 1991 after training at St. John’s Theological College Nottingham. I was Curate at Christ Church Denton (with St. George: Dane Bank) from 1991-1995. I then moved to Holy Trinity: Waterhead: Oldham as Priest-in- Charge 1995-2005. I then became Team Rector of Bacup and Stacksteads from 2005-2015. I became Team Vicar of the Fellside Team in September 2015.
Within the team I am responsible for St. Hilda, Bilsborrow and St. James Whitechapel. I am Chaplain to Myerscough College and Chaplain to Butler’s Farmhouse Cheeses (Inglewhite.)
I am married to Deborah and we both share an interest in music (rock/pop.) We enjoy going to concerts and also watching them on DVD.
I have a life-long interest in Rugby League, supporting my home town team Leigh. My other team is Rochdale Hornets, I was chaplain to the club before my move here to the Fellside.
I also enjoy body boarding on holiday and recommend Croyde Bay in Devon.
I play the guitar and sometimes use it in the services, I also play bass and enjoyed being part of the music group during my time at Bacup.
"Before the morning, there will always be night ...."
I write this a few days after our concert with singer/songwriter Jayne Lewis. She opened the evening by performing the song Orange Sky, the title track of one of her CD’s ....
"Christ's strength ...."
As a singer she worked hard, playing at New York’s Carnegie Hall, she worked hard for success, hiring a vocal guide to help with ....
"God watches over us ...."
In one particular tribe in India it was the custom that on a boy’s 13th birthday he had to spend the night on his own in the depths of the jungle ....
"Christ suffered for us ...."
I recently read about a lady in Birmingham who had spent the whole day craving her favourite treat at the city’s German market: a grilled frankfurter hot dog. She decided that she would get one and eat it on the way to church.
"Christ died for us ...."
American teacher Susan Willson won the Texas Science Teacher of the year award in 1995. This chemistry teacher had an explosive motto: “If I can make a point with an explosion, I do.” One of her colleagues, Al Balmer .....
"Examine your faith...."
As I write this my car as not long since been returned from the garage after having its M.O.T. When a car is over three years old it needs to be checked over and given an M.O.T. certificate which tells us that everything is in good working order and that it is fit to be on the road. No matter how old a car happens to be, even if it’s not old enough for an M.O.T. ......
"God will restore you ...."
A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth and took it home so he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. One day a small opening appeared. The man watched for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it appeared to stop making any progress.....