THE Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, and local councillors joined Elmdon Christians last week for the institution of Revd Toby Crowe as the new rector of St Nicholas Church.
The service was conducted by Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham. Nearly 200 people attended, many of whom had travelled by coach from Revd Crowe’s previous church in London.
Churchwardens Cheryl Doyle and Richard Huss said afterwards: “It was a lovely service and such a great start to this new chapter in our church’s life. You could feel the excitement in the air. People can’t wait to see what the future holds”.
Revd Crowe, who is 41, will work at St Nicholas Church, in the middle of Elmdon Park, and also at St Stephen’s and Valley Church Centres.
He was a teacher in London primary schools before moving into full-time church work. Until May, he was curate of a church in Wembley, in the shadow of Wembley Stadium.
Revd Crowe said: “We are delighted to be here. Elmdon is a fantastic place to live and work. The park is lovely but, so far, the best thing has been the people. We can’t wait to get to know them better, to share their sorrows and their joys and to help them know the good news about Jesus.”
The present St Nicholas Church was built in 1780, replacing a much earlier building.