New Team Vicar for Great Yarmouth parish
Rev Tracy Williams will be installed as the new Team Vicar in the Great Yarmouth Team Ministry on Monday 6 February in Great Yarmouth Minster.
Rev Williams will be Licensed by the Rt Revd Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, and he will then be officially installed by the Ven Steven Betts, Archdeacon of Norfolk.
All are welcome to attend the service at 7pm next Monday, but those wishing to come along are asked to respond to the The Parish Office at email@example.com or on 01493 858410. Refreshments will be available after the service. Clergy & Licensed Lay Ministers are invited to robe in St Andrew's Chapel.
At the end of last year, Fr Williams published the following message of introduction on Network Yarmouth:
“I am Father Tracy Williams – and, yes, despite the name, I am a man – the TV programme I was named after is now long forgotten but rest assured Tracy was once a man’s name. If you remember the name of the programme, I will be impressed, but there are NO prizes on this occasion... (clue: Thunderbirds is the WRONG answer!)
“I am married to Bev who is a former actor and currently a teacher and examiner of speech, drama and language. She’s also excellent company! I’m so grateful to her for all the support she has given me over the years in exploring my vocation to ministry. She claims to be a Brummy but she has many ancestors buried in Caister and Yarmouth. If you can help her find where, I will be very grateful.
“We have a shared background in media and the arts; I began my career as a musician before joining the BBC and working in radio and TV production. More recently I was a verger at Norwich Cathedral so Great Yarmouth Minster is strangely familiar to me having been built at the same time and most probably by the same people.
“As a nice example of God’s magnificent sense of humour, I was born in the same town as my fellow team vicar Revd Ashley. Unlike Ashley however I have lived in Norwich for 30 years and trained with Eastern Region Ministry Course, so moving a little further down the A47 is not quite so daunting.
“I am excited and very honoured to be joining the ministry team in Great Yarmouth. I look forward to being in community with you all and sharing in the joys and sorrows of our journeys together. I look forward to proclaiming the Good News of hope and comfort, to learning from each other as we seek to become the people God created us to be. I look forward most of all to being one of your local priests in the universal church of God. I pray that, God willing, I can be of service to you all in every way possible.”
This story, along with the photo of Rev Williams, is based on articles in Network Yarmouth.
The photo of Great Yarmouth Minster is courtesy of norfolkchurches.co.uk
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Tony Rothe, 30/01/2023