Rugby’s new rector was welcomed to St Andrew’s Church with prolonged applause from the congregation on Thursday.
The Rev Imogen Nay said she was thrilled to be in Rugby and looking forward to working in the community.
“Rugby seems to be a town with a lot of fire and energy,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the people of Rugby and working with a wide variety of people in the business, voluntary and religious sectors.”
Her collation, induction and installation by the Right Rev John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick, and the Venerable John Green, Archdeacon Pastor of the Diocese of Coventry, was a formal procedure.
Rev Nay said it was a lively and joyful occasion, with contributions from children and adults at all corners of the church, celebrating the worship and community involvement of St Andrew’s.
She said: “It really was a fantastic service, a really joyous occasion.
“I really want to make St Andrew’s the centre of the community. My aim is to make it accessible to everyone and particularly want to get families and children involved.”
Imogen has just completed her Curacy in the Diocese of Southwark at St Andrew and St Mark in Surbiton.
She has been in Rugby for three weeks and is married to Olav. Their twin boys Johnathan and Sebastian are two and a half.
Rev Nay said: “It’s going to be a challenge but one I am really looking forward to.”
She said St Andrew’s extends a warm invitation to all to drop-in to the church, which is open every day, to look around, have a drink in the café, light a candle and say a prayer.
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