New Rector for St Mary and Holy Trinity Bow
The ancient Bow Church in Stepney was a scene of celebration this week as the Revd Debbie Frazer was officially welcomed as Rector in the parish of St Mary and Holy Trinity, Bow.
The service of Institution and Induction was led by the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Adrian Newman, and Archdeacon of Hackney, the Ven Rachel Treweek. Over 100 members of the congregation and local community gathered for the service including local dignitaries such as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, a patron of Bow Church.
Debbie, who is trained as a Primary School teacher, has a particular interest in working with youths and children and experience in serving deprived and urban communities. She joins Bow Church from St Luke’s in Bristol, an inner city parish where she served as Priest-in-Charge for almost ten years. Before this, she was a Curate in St Mary’s, Merton Park in Southwark and spent a year as a voluntary Chaplain in Brixton Prison. Debbie was ordained in South Africa where she lived for many years. She also spent time living in Thailand and Pakistan.
Debbie joins Bow Church after the passing of the Church’s former Rector, Michael Peet, who served the local community for 22 years and wrote a book of local history centred on the church. Indeed, Bow Church has a vibrant history.
Last year, it celebrated 700 years to the day after the then Bishop of London, Bishop Ralph Baldock, signed a licence establishing a church on the site in 1311.
Bow Church has borne witness as Bow has changed from a rural hamlet to part of modern London’s East End and it seems fitting that this summer will see the Olympic Torch carried past the church on its way to the Games.
The Revd Debbie Frazer, new Rector of Bow Church, said:
"It is an incredible privilege to become part of a church which has been a place of Christian witness for 700 years. I look forward to working with the congregation in continuing this ministry and in reaching out to our local community."