Messages from the Team Vicar

Rev'd Garry Whittaker

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.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 05:20

January 2019

"If a tabloid newspaper existed in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry how would it report the things?"

Back in 1998, The Scroll by Nick Page was published. The idea behind it is simple ......

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:09

December 2018

"The Son of Man (Jesus) did not come to be served ....."

I came across this story which reminds us of the humility of God who left the glories of heaven to live in this world in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ ....

Monday, 08 October 2018 14:18

November 2018

"A Godly Lifestyle ....."

As I wrote last time, we have been going through the letter to the Ephesians during our Sunday services throughout the Fellside Team so I continue ....

Friday, 21 September 2018 09:51

October 2018

"Stress and Troubles ....."

In our Sunday services we are currently working our way through the letter to the Ephesians, so a few thoughts taken from chapters 1-3. Our troubles can cause us to lose ....

Sunday, 19 August 2018 04:23

September 2018

"For He Himself is our Peace ...."

A few years ago there was a TV show called Hill Street Blues, a rough tough fictional cops and robbers series. In the show people are seen as vulnerable, reaching for what is right, often failing but always hoping ....

Sunday, 22 July 2018 08:09

August 2018

psalm 139

"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 ....

Monday, 25 June 2018 09:08

July 2018


"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 ....

Sunday, 13 May 2018 10:25

June 2018

Gods love

"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 ....

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 13:29

Community Room

Friday, 29 April 2016 03:23

St James Whitechapel

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