Ministry Team

Vicar: Vacancy

The Revd Lynda Brady, Curate in Charge

It is with great pleasure that I take up the post of part time, interim minister at St Thomas's.

As we get to know each other you may occasionally notice my Yorkshire accent, as Yorkshire is my place of birth. But along with my husband Ian, I have lived and ministered in many places. From Pakistan to Brazil and in the UK from Carlisle and the Lakes in the north, through to Liverpool, Chester, and the Isle of Man in the north west, to Cromer in Norfolk, Stanmore in London, and recently the Rural Fens, along with a few others dotted in between, but have finally settled here, in our 'forever home' in St Anne's.

I have worked in full time ministry for over 30 years, firstly as an officer in the Salvation Army, and was ordained in the Church of England in 2007. So I come to you with a wealth of experience in a varied ministry, but with the hope that we can all learn with and from each other.

I am appointed as your minister just part time and for a short period but I do believe that I am here for 'such a time as this,' and pray that together, we will learn to love God, to love our community and to love each other more and more, and ensure that our love is open and inclusive of all.

I do believe that there are exciting times ahead for us at St Thomas's as we listen to God's Holy Spirit leading and prompting us to prepare ourselves and our Church for a new future.

Joy Swarbrick, Churchwarden

(01253) 723966

David Bennett, Churchwarden

(01253) 738878

Elizabeth O'Connor, Licensed Lay Minister

Elizabeth grew up in Guiseley, Yorkshire. She studied law at University College London, then The College of Law, Chester. She has worked in Rochdale and New Brighton, where she commenced Licensed Lay Minister training and keep fit classes, which she still enjoys, together with gardening.

In 1989 Elizabeth joined St Thomas's after becoming Principal Solicitor at Fylde Council. Since becoming a Licensed Lay Minister in 1991, she has been Deanery Secretary of Licensed Lay Ministers, served on Deanery Synod, was a founding trustee of the Philippi Trust and a Lay Chaplain at Victoria Hospital. At St Thomas's she leads the regular service of prayer for healing.

Elizabeth became Legal Services Manager at Wyre Council until 2011, since working as a locum solicitor and caring for her mother in Yorkshire.

Peter Watson, Licensed Lay Minister

(01253) 729725

Peter, originally from Cheshire, came to faith at the age of 12 through reading the Gospel of Luke. He gained a degree in Education and Theology at Leeds in 1974. After teaching in Leeds, Dunstable and Edenbridge, Peter, with his wife and their two sons, moved to St Annes in 1989. Peter joined Fylde Borough Council in 1991 as the assistant manager of their Training Centre. He became a Licensed Lay Minister in 1999. Peter retired from Fylde Borough in 2014, where his final job was in Customer Service. He now devotes much of his time to his family, St Thomas's Church, Lytham Hall and local history. Peter works through Churches to Together in St Annes to promote fellowship and cooperation between the various Churches.

Debbie Wood, Licensed Lay Minister

07962 175263

Debbie hails from Aughton Green near Ormskirk and is married with two children, a cat and two dogs. Debbie attended Shelagh Elliott-Clarke School or College of Dance and Drama and went on to become a professional dancer and in turn a dance teacher. She now enjoys teaching Pilates in St Thomas's church hall to church family and the surrounding community.

After her dancing years Debbie studied Interior Design for three years at Preston College and worked as an interior designer, one of her commissions being the Empire Theatre in Blackburn.

Debbie studied counselling at Blackpool College and uses those skills acquired in all walks of life including within her work as a lay chaplain at Blackpool and Clifton Hospital together with her work in Care Homes.

Before being called to serve as a Licensed Lay Minister at St Thomas's Debbie attained accreditation via God Our Rock, Pastoral Training, Called to Serve and as a Reader In The Church of England. She then attained a Theology Degree from Cumbria University. Debbie says her training has no end as she continues to learn working alongside clergy, ministers, friends and congregation striving together as one for the faith of the Gospel.

The side chapel inside the church is open for private prayer most days between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Access is via the small door facing Clifton Drive South.

Our Sunday morning service is live-streamed on YouTube and is available there as a conventional video afterwards.