These are some people you may meet, when visiting our Church:
Helen Scarisbrick (Vicar):
I came to be Vicar here at St. Alban’s in January 2009 and I’m really enjoying getting to know people, being part of the church life and our community. I love the variety of this job, including taking a Communion service at Woodhey Court, chatting with students at Trafford College and acting out the story of the “Lost Sheep” with the nursery children at Broadheath and Dunham children’s Centres. It’s a real joy to see God at work in all the good things happening in this community and to be part of them wherever possible.
Lisa grew up in Ormskirk, Lancashire and now lives locally in Sale, with her husband and family. She is a self-supporting Minister and during the week works as a doctor in Manchester. Her hobbies are reading and getting out into the countryside.
Our family has been part of St Alban’s since 1990 and I’ve been a Lay Reader since 2002. That means I can take services and preach so it’s an upfront role but I don’t get paid for it! For my day job I work for the Environment Agency as a team leader in Environment Protection so I feel it fits in really well with our God given purpose to look after the planet. Recently, I’ve become Chaplain of the local Sea Cadet unit. I’m married to Meg and we have two teenage children. We really enjoy being part of the family at St Alban’s and made good friends. We are particularly motivated by seeing (especially young) people grow in their faith. We enjoy walking, talking, eating and growing our own.
I came to be a Lay Reader at St. Albans after being licensed in 2002 and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of that role. I now have the pleasure of visiting the chronically sick and housebound and sharing in the Communion service with them. I also find it a privilege to pray with and for others.I am very happy to be part of such a loving, caring church family.
Esme Hammer (Church Warden)
I have been a member of St. Alban’s since 2006, when I moved to the Altrincham area from Bury with my husband, Michael, and I’ve been churchwarden for the last five years. Although I live outside the parish, the warmth of the welcome and the depth of the bible-based teaching and worship, makes it well worth travelling the extra mile or so. I am a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice, and for the past couple of years I have also been enjoying getting to grips with New Testament Greek. In my spare time I try to be more than a fair weather gardener, but my favourite occupation has to be spending time with my three small grandchildren.
Eileen Dixon (Church Warden)
In 2010 my husband and I moved into the area from Scotland. As I looked after my granddaughter I decided to take her to St Albans Toddler Group, I found the volunteers so welcoming and friendly that I decided to attend the church. I had always been a Christian and gone to church, but during my time in Scotland I had lapsed. The welcome and friendliness was such that I felt right at home (having been brought up in the north west), and over the years I got more involved in church life. I am now a church warden, help to run the toddler group and thoroughly enjoy helping out at various events throughout the year. To me St Albans is like belonging to one big happy family.
June Nixon (Parish Administrator)
I have been a member of St Alban’s Church for over 30 years. When I first went along I was made very welcome and visitors frequently comment what a friendly and welcoming church St Alban’s is. I have held various offices in the church and at present I am the Parish Administrator and also one of the two Deputy Churchwardens.
As well as the variety of church activities, I love the opportunities we have to be part of the local community such as seeing the Church full of Christmas trees at our Christmas Tree Festival and seeing children from local schools come along to take part in the “Rewind” events. I enjoy watching sport (especially cricket and tennis) and reading.
There are many others who contribute in different ways to the life of our church family and local community such as;
study groups, prayer team, café, toddler group, craft group, Youth on Friday, holiday club for the young at heart, involvement with Broadheath Community Association, Broadheath Primary School, Trafford College and the sea cadets.
We’d love to hear from you if you too feel you have something to contribute.