Popular Grantham minister set to retire

Rev Jane Campbell, who is retiring from ChristChurch, Grantham, and Stamford United Reformed Church this weekend EMN-160817-143401001
Rev Jane Campbell, who is retiring from ChristChurch, Grantham, and Stamford United Reformed Church this weekend EMN-160817-143401001
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A popular Grantham vicar is retiring and moving back home to her native Scotland after giving her final service on Sunday.

Rev Jane Campbell (61) has been minister in charge of ChristChurch, on Finkin Street, since it was founded eight years ago.

She was appointed leader of the town’s former United Reformed Church in 2004 and took on the extra responsibility when it was merged with the old Central Methodist Church to form ChristChurch four years later.

Rev Campbell, who has also been minister for Stamford United Reformed Church for 14 years, said: “My time in Grantham has been wonderful and my last service will be emotional on Sunday.

“I have got to meet a lot of people in Grantham and Stamford over the years, as well as many people from other churches in the area.

“I am sure my congregations will be sad to see me go.”

ChristChurch is at present encased in scaffolding while repairs are being made to the stonework and a disabled access put in.

She is proud of helping bring in several popular new innovations at the church such as ‘messy church’ a family session, every third Saturday morning in the month, incorporating art and crafts.

Rev Campbell plans to enjoy her retirement with husband Ronnie back in Argyle, in the west of Scotland. the couple have two sons, Colin and Duncan.

She added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Lincolnshire and I’m going to miss everyone a lot.”

A farewell party is planned for her at the church hall on Saturday evening.