Au revoir to Saint Michael's Paris


The new vicar of Saint Michael's Anglican church Paris is swapping the Champs-Elysées for the green British pastures of Northumberland.

Canon Alyson Lamb takes up a new role on 20 September as part-time Priest-in-Charge to the parishes of Mitford and Hebron.

Born and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alyson read modern languages at Oxford and speaks fluent French. She spent over 20 years in the business world, working in international television production, public relations and management consultancy.

For many years she was 'positively disinterested' in church and the Christian faith, but in 1998 became a Christian and went on to train for ordination in Cambridge. In addition to serving churches in Paris and York, she was vicar of a large church in Eastbourne, and was made a Canon of Chichester Cathedral in 2012.

Of her new post she says: “I'm thrilled to be back in the North East and based in this fantastic area. It is a real honour to serve two parishes that have been so much-loved and so well-led over the years. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in the local Deanery - there's an exciting vision for co-operating in projects to make a difference to the spiritual and social life of the area.”

When asked if she'll miss Paris, Alyson replied: “Different place, new challenges, same role.  I’ve got the best job in the world - I’m paid to tell people that God loves them.” 

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