A POPULAR Burton vicar is to leave his flock for pastures new, after he was ‘called by God’ to another job.
Reverend Nigel Irons will deliver his last sermon at All Saints Church in Branston Road on Sunday, before heading off to become Team Rector of Leek and Meerbrook.
He has been in Burton for almost 14 years.
The 58-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to it very much, but I will miss everybody after I’ve gone.
“I have enjoyed my time in Burton very much. It’s been a fantastic place to be. It has lovely people, and it has been a great blessing to me to minister here. The people have been so good.”
Rev Irons moved to the church on October 31, 2000, and he has seen a lot of change in the parish during that time.
“We have become much more technology-focused, in terms of installing a projector and sound equipment, which I have valued greatly. It’s one of the things I will be hoping to continue when I move.”
During his time here, Rev Irons has been part of the Street Angels scheme, and has organised meals for homeless people living in the area on Christmas Day.
He told the Mail he felt he had been called by God to his new role, as the job specification had fit so perfectly with his skills and experience.
“I felt God was behind me and I feel it’s the right thing to do, but I will miss Burton. I would like to say thank you to everybody who has been so supportive, helpful, open and encouraging,” he added.
Sunday’s 10.30am service will be a chance for Rev Irons to say goodbye, and there will then be a party in the church hall.
A new vicar has not yet been found for the parish.