Revd Jacky Cammidge became curate of St James's Church in the summer of 2015 after being ordained deacon at St Paul's Cathedral. Jacky is a trained opera singer and she currently runs the best nursery schools in Hampton Hill, one based at St James's and the other at the Greenwood Centre.
Jacky's journey to the priesthood began many years ago, as she wrote back in 2012 in a Spire magazine article:
On Saturday July 4th 2015 St Paul’s Cathedral was full to overflowing as Jacky, together with others, joined the Bishop of London for their ordination as deacons. The key moment was the laying on of the bishop’s hands with the words: "Send down the Holy Spirit upon your servant for the office and work of a deacon in your Church," (shown right). Read the article Jacky's Ordination as Deacon.
Jacky was then able to exercise the deacon’s role at Holy Communion for the following year while she also learned about the different aspects of an ordained minister’s office and world.
Jacky was ordained priest by the Bishop of Kensington, The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, in St Mary Abbotts, Kensington, on June 26th 2016. Then three days later, on the festival day for St Peter and St Paul, she presided at the Eucharist at St James’s for the first time (shown left). Revd Debbie Oades acted as deacon beside Jacky and Revd Peter Vannozzi preached the sermon. Towards the end of the service most of the congregation went up to the altar rail and each received the laying on of hands and a blessing from Jacky. Then Nick Bagge, a churchwarden, presented Jacky with a signed card and a beautiful wool stole from the congregation. After the service everyone went into the Fitz Wygram Hall to celebrate with Jacky and Alan, her husband. There was food, bubbly and a wonderful cake. Find out more on the pages, Jacky's Ordination as Priest and Jacky's first Eucharist. Read the Service Booklet, Eucharist for St Peter and St Paul. See photos of the ordination and Jacky's first service on the photo album Jacky's Ordination as a Priest.