Guest Priest - Rev'd Sue Smith
Rev Sue is a retired parish priest, previously having served in two parishes in the Liverpool diocese and a large parish in Manchester. Originally from South Yorkshire, she moved to the south of England with her husband Roddy and was ordained in Oxford in 1997.
Looking for a church to settle in after retirement they found the welcome at St. Giles irresistible and are very happy to have found a good place for worship and where an extra priest can be useful.
Rev Sue has two children and four grandchildren; she loves walking, gardening, anything to do with steam trains and she has recently taken up horse riding!
Our Priest - Fr Sam Korn
Fr Sam has been the vicar of St Giles since October 2017.
He grew up in Monmouth in South Wales, where he came to faith through his school chapel. He became an altar server at the age of thirteen, and began thinking about a calling to the priesthood when he was sixteen. He then went to study Theology at the University of Cambridge, where he became more and more aware that this was the course God intended for him.
Fr Sam then spent two years working at St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain, where he did everything from youth work to sweeping the bell tower (184 steps). He was recommended for ordination training by Bishop Paul Bayes, then the Bishop of Hertford and now the Bishop of Liverpool. He then spent two years studying for ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge. During this time he also spent six months at the World Council of Churches study centre in Geneva, Switzerland, where he developed a passion for ecumenism (the relations between the Christian churches) that endures to this day.
After ordination in St Albans Cathedral in 2014, Fr Sam served as a curate for three years in East Barnet in North London, where his particular interests included work with children and young people, editing the parish magazine, and helping to revitalise the Sunday worship.
Fr Sam came to Liverpool in 2017 looking forward to meeting and working with the people of Aintree, helping new people to encounter the love of God and helping those in need in our community.
Outside the church, Fr Sam’s interests include music (he is a devoted fan of Bruce Springsteen), watching sport (he’s a rugby fan, but promises to learn about football now he’s in Liverpool) and computer programming.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Guest Priest - Mother Rowena Pailing
Married with two children, Mother Rowena move to Liverpool when her husband, Fr Crispin, took up the role of Rector of Liverpool in 2014.
She is Director of Pastoral Studies at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield but her commitment to keeping a hand in parish life saw her visit many churches in Liverpool after the family moved to Liverpool in an attempt to find one where she felt at home and where she felt she could contribute.
Obviously we did something right on the day she and the family visited St Giles as she asked if she could join us. We were only too pleased to have Mother Rowena on board and she has become a popular member of our clergy since, sharing duties with Fr John, and covering for him, when she is on holiday from the college.
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