A new Corby vicar plans to reach out to the town and start filling church pews.
The Rev Paul Frost has been appointed parish priest for St John’s in the Old Village and the Church of the Epiphany, in the town centre. He’s looking forward to reversing the dwindling congregation and helping young people connect with the church.
Mr Frost, who was licensed last week by the Rt Rev John Holbrook, the Bishop of Brixworth, is married to Karen, 42, and has three children – Edward, 13, William, 11, and three-year-old Eleanor.
He comes to the town from the Christ the King Church, Kettering.
He said: “I have been struck by the strong sense of community in Corby and that, coupled with the friendliness of the people, makes the town an attractive place to work.
“The church family at St John’s is very welcoming and caring but we now need to build on this by showing that the Christian faith is relevant to everyday life.”
There have been no Anglican services at the Church of the Epiphany for more than a year and the Sunday congregation at St John’s has fallen to just 23.
The parish has been without a permanent vicar for more than two years.
Mr Frost, who was a religious education teacher until eight years ago, said: “Children and teenagers have a great spiritual awareness but often the church fails to connect with them in a way that is meaningful.
“I plan to change that. It is my aim to bring the Church of the Epiphany back into use in a less traditional fashion, maybe with club-style meetings, and show young people we are really there for them.”