Priest in Charge VACANCY.
Rev Janet Bissex Honorary Assistant Curate
I am a retired priest – that is, I am retired from being paid!!
I grew up on the Wirral and began working life as a primary school teacher. After teaching in Birkenhead, I spent 2 years in Ghana, and then trained for ministry in the Church. I have served in Netherton, Toxteth, Kirkdale and Bootle, all in Liverpool Diocese. I am married to Ray, who is a Reader and currently church warden.
Mr Ray Bissex Reader
Ray grew up in Netherton, about 4 miles away and attended St Oswald’s church from an early age. In 1983 he married Janet and moved to Toxteth, subsequently moving to Kirkdale and later to Bootle before arriving in Waterloo on Janet’s retirement as a vicar. While in Kirkdale Ray trained as a Reader and was licensed in 2000.
Ray is a Chartered Accountant. Having started in a Liverpool firm, he has worked for himself for the last 15 years. This has led to being involved with a number of churches, appointment as a school governor, and being a trustee of a couple of charities. One of these is the Community of Aidan and Hilda which requires trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne every three months.
Mrs Joyce Green Reader
I grew up in Seaforth and moved to Crosby as a teenager. Later, I married Ted, and after a short spell in Litherland, we moved to Waterloo. I have two children, both of whom are teachers, and two grand-children. I completed my education at night school, eventually studying part-time at Edge Hill college for a degree in English. I became a Reader in 1985 and ministered in this role for eighteen years. I then retired, but have recently been re-licensed to Saint Mary’s. I was PCC secretary for two years, and I edit the church magazine as well as preaching and leading study groups.
Mrs Lynne Connolly Reader in Training
Lynne is a long serving member of St. Mary’s. As well as running our Rainbow and Brownies organisations, Lynne runs our annual summer Holiday Club for primary age children. Lynne enjoys singing in the church choir and has recently begun her training to become a Reader.