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Addingham welcomes new rector of St Peter’s
12:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Local news
From left are Tony Perrett, Jill’s husband; the Right Reverend Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford; the Rev Jill Perrett, new Rector of St Peter’s; John and David Perrett, Jill’s two younger sons
A full church of more 200 people welcomed the Reverend Jill Perrett as the new rector of St Peter’s, Addingham, last Thursday evening.
Members of the congregation, representatives from the local community, other clergy in the area, and Mrs Perrett’s family and friends – including members of the congregation of her previous parish – enjoyed a lively and moving service which combined ancient traditions and contemporary worship.
The Patron and the Archdeacon of Craven presented her to the Bishop.
The diocesan registrar declared that she had taken the Oath of Canonical Obedience to the Bishop of Bradford, the Bishop duly instituted her to her new job – ‘the cure of souls’.
The Archdeacon of Bradford inducted her into the ‘real and actual possession of this benefice’, giving her responsibility for the church buildings to sit alongside her spiritual duties.
And the Bishop delivered a sparkling sermon mentioning in equal numbers the names of football players and theologians and noting that Jill had said that she was interested in ‘change, conflict management and reconciliation’.
Afterwards there were refreshments in the church hall and marquee, and the cutting by the new rector of a magnificent cake in the form of a detailed scale model of the church, painstakingly created by Adam Cooper, a member of the congregation.
Mrs Perrett, originally from Lancashire, has been vicar of two parishes in Wiltshire for the past six years, spending two thirds of her time on that and one third working with secondary schools in the area.
She has also been a tutor on the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS). Her post in Addingham is split in the same way between the parish and the Bradford Diocese, where she will be responsible for part of the post ordination clergy training, the same arrangement as with the Rev Andrew Tawn, the previous rector.
She is married to Tony, a building surveyor, originally from Devon.
They met while at university in Nottingham where Mrs Perrett took a social science degree before training as a social worker. The couple have lived, worked and brought up their family of four boys in Wiltshire.
Most of the boys have flown the nest. Their youngest is in his first year at the University of York. Mrs Perrett trained for the ministry via STETS and was ordained in 2002.