History made in town as first female vicar takes up parish role

New vicar of Flitwick Rev Lucy Davis with congregation
New vicar of Flitwick Rev Lucy Davis with congregation

History has been made in Flitwick as the town welcomed its first female vicar in 800 years.

More than 200 people attended a special service on Tuesday, September 8, to see the Rev Lucy Davis become the new vicar for their parishes, including the churches of St Peter and St Paul’s in Church Road, and St Andrew’s in Windmill Road.

Rev Davis has moved with her family from Redbourn in Hertfordshire to take up the post.

She said: “It’s quite something to become part of God’s work here in Flitwick, following in the footsteps of all those who have been vicar before me. I’m really looking forward to getting to know people in Flitwick and becoming involved in this community.”

The two churches serve the Church of England congregations, through weekly worship

as well as christenings, weddings and funerals.

Before entering ministry, Lucy was a teacher and spent many years working with community

groups, families and young people. She also has an interest in social media, and recently

spoke at a conference about faith and social media.

She said: “As a church, we need to be where people are, not only on a Sunday morning, but also in schools and businesses, care homes and toddler groups. Facebook and Twitter are just parts of that process of connecting with people and sharing God’s love wherever people are.”

Lucy will soon become a familiar face around Flitwick as she will also be a regular in the park and on footpaths walking her two dogs, Merlin and Jack. Born and brought up in Liverpool, Lucy’s interests include music, chocolate and Strictly Come Dancing!

Church Warden, Ciaran Diver, spoke on behalf the church, saying: “We are delighted to have Lucy as our new vicar. Rev Michael Bradley, who retired last Aautumn, spent 24 accomplished years in ministry here and we now very much look forward to further growing the church within our community here in Flitwick.”

Find Revd Lucy on Twitter: @LuxDavis. Follow the Church on Facebook: Flitwick-Parish-Church.