New vicar is welcomed
Welcomed: From left, the Bishop of Reading, Stephen Cottrell, Rev Jeremy Tear and Rev Dan Tyndall.
Picture: Nitu Mistry
THE church community in Caversham has welcomed a new priest into its ranks.
Reverend Jeremy Tear was licensed as community priest by the Bishop of Reading, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, at St John the Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 10.
Rev Tear, his wife Emma and their two daughters, moved to Caversham from Macclesfield last month, where he was vicar for seven years and chaplain to Macclesfield Town Football Club.
He said: "I felt it was time for a new challenge. I am looking forward to this new phase of my ministry and to serving the local community in conjunction with members of the three churches."
Rev Tear will work in the parishes of St John The Baptist, St Peter's in Caversham and St Margaret's at Mapledurham to develop the life of the church. He added: "It's about finding a way of engaging better with the community."
St Peter's vicar, Rev Dan Tindall, said: "I am delighted that Jeremy has chosen to come and work with us here in Caversham and Mapledurham.
He brings a wealth of experience from working in other churches and I am excited about the developments that will happen now that he is in this post."
This article appeared in Reading Chronicle 25 Mar 10