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Revd.Jacqueline Drake-Smith - new Vicar of Wrecclesham

At 7:30 p.m on the evening of Tuesday 13th March 2018 at St.Peter's Church, Beales Lane, Wrecclesham, the Revd.Jacqueline Drake-Smith was instituted as the new Vicar of Wrecclesham Parish.  The Collation, Induction and Installation Service was conducted by Bishop Andrew.  Everyone was welcome.


Revd. Drake-Smith comes from St.John The Evangelist Church in Merrow (picture below on left).  Jacqueline was previously a churchwarden at St.Francis’ Church in the Parish of Westborough Guildford.  In 2012, she started two years of full-time training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, starting at Merrow in 2014.

She was ordained 2015 and then served as the Assistant Curate in Merrow.

Jacqueline was born and educated in Guildford and has spent most of her life in the area.  She has two adult daughters and her family live locally.

Commenting on her move to Wrecclesham, Jacqueline said:

St.Johns Merrow

“I am delighted to be writing to you as your ‘nearly-there’ new Vicar.  I got a sense from speaking to some of you during my visit that it is the right time.

“From when I first stepped into St.Peter’s beautiful and warm space I knew there was something very special about the Spirit of this place, this parish.  I continued to come along and pray and, each time I visited, I felt greater sense of wanting to know more.  It was when I read the profile and read of your vision to be at the heart of the community, offering a warm welcome, faithful witness and loving service, that I knew God had brought me to a place where I might be able to live out my desire to do just that, and to journey alongside a faithful group of people who wanted the same.

“I look forward to sharing the joys and fun and the tougher not-so-fun times that inevitably come along on this winding road of faith.  I feel very grateful, and trust that we have some exciting times to come, when we can build on the great things already happening at St.Peter’s, build up our common life together – and do the best we can to flourish and grow and be a blessing for the community we serve and who bless us in return.

“I really look forward to meeting you all in the near future but, in the meantime, may the peace of the Lord be always with you.”

In Christ,  Jaqueline.

Jacqueline succeeded Revd.Canon Anne Gell who, in Spring 2017, was appointed Archdeacon in the Diocese of Bath & Wells.

(Information and pictures from Wrecclesham Parish and St.John Merrow web-sites)

Wrecclesham St.Peters
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