Bury St Edmunds church’s 150 year long wait is over

The Rev Nick Alexander with his wife, Julia, and his children, Millie and Barney.
The Rev Nick Alexander with his wife, Julia, and his children, Millie and Barney.
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A Bury St Edmunds church has had its prayers answered after waiting more than a century.

When St Peter’s Church, in Hospital Road, was founded 150 years ago as the daughter church of St Mary’s, the hope was that one day it would have its own vicar.

The Rev Nick Alexander making his oath of allegiance

The Rev Nick Alexander making his oath of allegiance

And on Tuesday (September 8), that hope was finally fulfilled when the Archdeacon of Sudbury, Reverend Dr David Jenkins, licensed Rev Nick Alexander to be St Peter’s vicar.

The vicar of St Mary’s, the Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers, said: “This is something that the people of both St Peter’s and St Mary’s have wanted for many years, and we are thrilled that with the increase in the numbers of people who worship on a Sunday, their generosity and willingness to pay for the post, and the support of the Diocese, this has finally become a reality. I’m sure prayer has also had its part to play!”

Rev Alexander said: ‘I am delighted to be in Bury St Edmunds, to have had such a warm welcome from St Peter’s and the parish, and I look forward to working in and with the community.”

His first service in charge will be at St Peter’s on Sunday (September 13) at 10.45am.