St Peter’s is a parish church in the Church of England. Everyone is welcome to worship with us, or to come to one of our lively social events. Whether you are just beginning to wonder what the Christian faith is about or are a life-long church-goer, you will find an open, friendly community.
Rev’d Jane Colley, Priest in Charge
I was born and grew up in the Midlands, the middle of three children. As a family, we attended a modern church centre with lots going on for teenagers, so I have very happy memories of those years. I recall that having had to memorize Psalm 8, I was struck by the immensity and wonder of God – of the God who also loves each one of us intimately, holding us in the palm of His hand. I gave my life to Him.
On leaving school, I spent a year in Germany on a Christian voluntary work scheme and then trained as a residential social worker, at the end of which I was offered a three year mission posting in Pakistan as a (very young) matron in a boarding school supported by the Church of England.
Following these challenging years, I moved to Cheshire and spent about twenty years in Residential work with children who for various reasons were unable to live with their birth families.
Martyn and I married in 1996 (a second marriage for both of us), and between us we have five children and nine grandchildren.
In 1998 I undertook a short training course in teaching English as a foreign language and began a ten year association with the Elim Bible College in Nantwich as a supply teacher.
The following year Martyn and I were invited to teach O level English in Pakistan, in the school where I had previously worked. We split our time between Pakistan and England for the following eight years, eventually opening a community project which provided health care, a sewing school, a wedding dress hire service, beautician training and English teaching.
Our visits to Pakistan came to an abrupt end in December 2007 when the government deported us for reasons which have never been declared to us, but the community project has continued under local management, partnering from time to time with CARITAS.
In the subsequent six years I experienced God nudging me, challenging me and making a way where there seemed to be no way! I feel hugely privileged to be able to serve in ministry at St Peter’s and All Saints and look forward to whatever God has in store for us.