St John’s Meads Church says au revoir to vicar Alyson

Flower Festival at St John's Church, Meads, 7th June 2013 E24009P'Vicar of St John's Church Meads, Reverend Alyson Lamb
Flower Festival at St John's Church, Meads, 7th June 2013 E24009P'Vicar of St John's Church Meads, Reverend Alyson Lamb

An Eastbourne vicar is to swap her seaside parish in Eastbourne for the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Canon Alyson Lamb, who has been vicar of St John’s Church in Meads since 2009, takes up a new role as chaplain of St Michael’s Church in the French capital at the start of October.

Members of St John’s said farewell to Canon Alyson at a special service and lunch earlier this month.

Born and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alyson read French and Russian at Oxford and speaks fluent French. She became a Christian in 1998 while attending an Alpha course, and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

St John’s has been her first parish as vicar.

She was made a Canon of Chichester Cathedral in February 2012.

Looking back on her four years in Eastbourne Alyson said, “It has been a privilege to serve my parish and live in this unique and beautiful spot. Like every town, Eastbourne has pockets of great need, material and spiritual.

“But there’s a real energy for co-operation and vision among the town’s churches and social agencies in projects that are really making a difference, like the Foodbank, Street Pastors and the Beachy Head Chaplaincy.”

The chaplain’s role in Paris is equivalent to vicar.

Alyson said she was looking forward to her new posting.

“It’s hard to be leaving such a great church and so many good friends.

“The new post will be a wonderful adventure but essentially it’s the same role. I’ve got the best job in the world. I’m paid to tell people that God loves them.”