Vicar heading to new church

INDUCTION_DE_AUG4007'Pictured is the Rev Jay Phelps, outside the United Reformed Church, Sheaf Street, Daventry.
INDUCTION_DE_AUG4007'Pictured is the Rev Jay Phelps, outside the United Reformed Church, Sheaf Street, Daventry.
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A VICAR at one of Daventry’s churches is heading off to pastures new – but only just down the road.

The Rev Jay Phelps became minister at the SWAN Pastorate of Daventry, including Daventry United Reformed Church, in 2008.

He will now take the part-time role of minister covering the URC churches in Badby, Flore and Weedon.

On Friday many of his friends from the town got together to give him a surprise leaving party.

Member and life elder of Daventry URC, Jane Franklyn wrote: “During Jay’s five years at Daventry he has demonstrated a rare talent – being able to bring the Christian message to ordinary and marginalised folk within our town and surrounding area.

“He has also been instrumental in introducing the church at Daventry to the work of the charity Christians Against Poverty which busily, during these times of austerity, operated a branch from the chapel’s office for three years with a team of volunteers from the church membership.”

The minister is known among the church and wider community for his fondness for motorbikes and is a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.