Revd Andi Thomas
Priest in Charge
The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Andi Thomas as the next incumbent of St Andrew’s Chelmsley Wood.
Andi is currently a Pioneer Minister in the parish. He says, “St Andrew’s church is a wonderful place and I’m looking forward to seeing what God does as we continue serving in Chelmsley Wood taking up the role as vicar, building together on several years of pioneering on the estate”.
Details of Andi’s institution will be announced in due course – in the meantime, please keep Andi and his family in your prayers as they prepare for this new chapter.
Revd Helene Horan
Helene joined St Andrews as Curate in July 2017 after her Ordination. She lives at Marston Green with her husband Richard. Helene’s role is to assist the parish priest in the duties of worship and encouraging others to follow Jesus. She is a bit of an Eco warrior and has managed to steer St Andrews into gaining the Bronze Eco Church Award. She has an empathy for the elderly and leads a Chaplaincy Team at the local care home.
Helene enjoys working with young children and their carers where she enjoys sharing the love of Jesus through craft work and Bible stories. Helene has worked on Chelmsley Wood since the late 1990’s and is enlivened by the true sense of community that Chelmsley Wood represents.
We welcomed Frances to our team as Warden last year. What an incredible addition to the team. Frances has a heart for people and made a huge impact serving the church and wider community. Frances brings with her bags of experience, leadership and wisdom, not to mention a sincere and warm heart making everyone feel welcome and we love having her on board.
Children & Women's Ministry
Briony heads up the women's ministry as well as revitalising Andy Pandy's group and the Well. Briony is a gifted and creative person with a huge heart for women. Among her voluntary roles she also established and runs the Baby Bank.
My name is Jane, I am a retired head teacher, having spent all my working life in education. My first connection with St. Andrew's Church was when my husband Chris was the treasurer here. During that time, I came to know and love the people who have always made me feel very welcome. In addition to being safeguarding coordinator, I am also a member of the parish church council and social committee.
Whenever I can, I love to spend time outdoors, enjoying the changing seasons and nature and appreciating all God's gifts.