FIVE years after arriving in Cheshire from the Falkland Islands, a village churchgoer has been ordained and has moved to the next door parish as a curate.
Alex Sanders preached her last sermon at St Boniface, Bunbury, where she has been a member of the parochial church council and of the diocesan synod, ahead of her ordination as a deacon in Chester Cathedral.
She is now curate of St Helen’s, Tarporley, St Thomas’s, Eaton and St John’s, Cotebook where she has taken part in her first services.
Alex and her family moved to Bunbury in 2004 after three years living in Port Stanley in the Falklands.
She was selected by the Chester diocese for ordination training in 2006.
At the same time she has been studying for an MA from Leeds University.
“Sadly for Bunbury, we shall not be seeing Alex in St Boniface much after her ordination as her duties as curate will keep her firmly in Tarporley,” said a church spokesman.
“We hope we will be able to welcome her back before too long”.
Alex has thanked everyone who has supported her over the last few years.
The family say they were thrilled that friends had travelled 8,000 miles from Stanley’s windswept Christ Church Cathedral, the most southerly in the world, for Alex’s ordination.