The United Benefice of
St Mary's, Henlow, and St Andrew's, Langford

Patsy Critchley, Assistant Curate


The Revd Patsy Critchley

Patsy writes:

Dear friends,

I am writing to introduce myself as your new curate. I began working in the benefice of Henlow and Langford towards the end of November 2010 so many of you will have met me by now. I expect a lot of you will know me by name but I confess that I am still struggling to put names to faces, so I ask for your patience when I get them wrong.

To tell you a bit about myself, I’m married to Bill and we live in Haynes. I have two grown up sons. Some of you will know me from my past career, as for many years I taught English at Samuel Whitbread Community College. I left there in the summer of 2003 and retrained, beginning in September 2004. I was ordained deacon in September 2007 and priest in September 2008. Prior to coming to Henlow I was curate in the Benefice of Shefford and Meppershall.

I am a part time non-stipendiary priest (i.e., I don’t get paid). I am normally available on Wednesdays, Fridays and of course Sundays, although being retired there is room for some flexibility.

I arrived with the snow and Christmas! It seems amazing that we are already looking forward to Easter, which this year is almost as late in the year as it can be. By the time we get to Easter, spring with all its new life will be evident everywhere, reminding us in a very practical and visual way of the new life promised to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I do hope you will be able to join us for our Easter services. I look forward to getting to know more of you, and to serving you all in Henlow and Langford.

Wishing you God’s peace and joy,

Patsy Critchley
(February 2011)



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