Meet the new vicar at St Michael's, Windmill Hill

June 20 2018
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PEOPLE in Windmill Hall are getting to know their the new vicar – – Rev Michael Doarks, priest-in-charge of St Michaels & All Angels church.

PEOPLE in Windmill Hall are getting to know their the new vicar – – Rev Michael Doarks, priest-in-charge of St Michaels & All Angels church.

Rev Michael Doarks looks set to be a busy man – he is already priest at St Francis in Bedminster, where he lives, and he’s now expected to run both churches, following the departure of Rev David Moss last year.

He doesn’t mind the extra work: “It’s a joy to be paid for something you are passionate about!” he said.

He was officially licensed by the Bishop of Swindon, the Right Rev Dr Lee Rayfield, in front of around 100 people on June 14.

Andrew has two young children and two teenagers, and is married to Kate. From 2011 to 2014, he was curate at St Luke’s in Brislington.

He’s already getting to know the area: “This church is known for having a lot of young children and because I have two preschool children, I’m very well placed to understand the pressures we meet in family life,” he said.

He’s looking to work with other local churches, such as Victoria Park Baptist church, on things like charity work, and a joint churches project to help people in South Bristol with problem debts.

“I have also been a pianist all my life so I’m interested in growing the music here – we have very able pianists and organists, Lucy Sansom and David Sash.

“I know there’s been a tradition of singing here and I would like to build on that.

“We are not short of ideas – the challenge is making sure they are achievable!”

“It’s a loving community that want to socialises together – there’s a camping weekend coming up and these activities help people build friendships.”