The Revd Sarah Sharp joined us as our vicar in September 2013. Ordained priest in 2001 she was previously a primary school teacher for 8 years and remains involved with education as a governor in our Church School, Bishop Loveday. She enjoys travelling, scrapbooking, theatre, reading and swimming.
The Revd Nick Fielden joined us in early July 2021, immediately following his ordination as deacon at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He studied physiology at Southampton University and then spent 27 years in IT Support, working in a mix of small private companies and a large public scientific research organisation in South Oxfordshire. He lists as his hobbies country walks, reading, classical music and cooking.
The Revd Brian Gardner has lived in Bodicote for many years. Originally from Stratford-on-Avon, he came to Banbury, and to Bodicote Church, in 1973. He has been, successively, sidesman, churchwarden and licensed lay minister. In 2004 he was ordained and has since served the church as a self-supporting Associate Priest. Brian worked for 39 years as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS, 34 of them at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital. His hobbies are music and reading.
Licensed Lay Minister
Elizabeth Smith moved into the parish in 2011, having previously lived and worked in North Yorkshire. Lay ministry is a voluntary role and Liz is actively involved in many aspects of our church life. She is an artist by profession and a keen bellringer.
We would usually have two church wardens but currently Claire Roberts is our only one, the other position being vacant.
Parochial Church Council (PCC)
The PCC meet regularly to discuss various aspects of the running of the church and the strengthening of the Christian community in the parish. It consists of the vicar, church wardens, deanery synod representatives, the treasurer and elected members.
We also have a Gift Aid officer, who assists the treasuer, a safe guarding officer and an administrator.
We rely heavily on volunteers who help with, and enrich, most aspects of church life. Many take on multiple roles, for which we are extremely grateful.