Ths week we meet Cuthbert Jackson who serves at the parish of Skelmersdale St Paul.
The parish of Skelmersdale St Paul is to welcome Cuthbert Jackson as their new deacon.
Cuthbert was ordained as deacon by Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington at a special service held at St Paul’s. Cuthbert is one of eleven new deacons to be ordained in the Diocese of Liverpool.
Cuthbert has lived in Skelmersdale for twenty years, and is married with two children. He has held a variety of jobs including security guard, dog trainer, personnel advisor and young people’s tutor.
For the past two years he has been Environmental Education Manger with Wigan Council, a job which he will continue with alongside his ministry.
Cuthbert says he first felt God’s calling to him as a young boy, and after attending the Roman Catholic seminary at St Joseph’s College Upholland, he continued his training in the Catholic church and received minor orders before leaving in 1975.
For the next twenty-five years, Cuthbert was not a regular churchgoer and was without any denomination, but he returned to a Church of England church twelve years ago when his son joined the local Scout group.
At the suggestion of a local Reader, Cuthbert became more involved in church. A few years later, vicar Gordon Greenwood also suggested that he re-examine his original call to vocation.
After careful consideration, Cuthbert decided to go forward for ordination training. Cuthbert said, “Now I have been ordained deacon, I hope to bring a wide and varied background and experience of Christian (and secular) traditions to bear in my ministry. My experience of both the Catholic and Anglican churches has also given me a profound respect for ecumenical work. I also have a complete respect for those who do not find their spiritual needs met in traditional congregations.”
He continued: “The motto of St Paul’s church is ‘come as you are,’- perhaps sometimes we forget just what a range of places people are coming from. I hope that I can express that and talk to people about God in the ways God wants to speak to them. It’s God who finds us where we are and uses us – very often it’s other people who stop that happening.”