Vicar Craig Groocock

Revd. Craig will be Collated, Inducted and Installed as Vicar of St. Andrew's Church Shottery on 26th June.

Introduction to Revd. Craig and his wife Su.

Hi everyone, I am so excited about being  appointed as your new Vicar. I remember 31 years ago being on placement at St.  Andrew’s as part of my Church Army training. I was under the supervision of Capt.  Stephen Payne who lived at Bishopton and Stuart Beake was your vicar then! So to be coming to you this June as your new vicar is a great joy and both Su and I are looking forward to being with you.

I was born and bred in North Shropshire, born in fact on the very day that John Lennon wrote the song ‘Help!’. I met a fantastic girl (Su) in my teens and we have been together ever since. We met at church  - Su was a chorister and I was a server. Following our marriage in 1987 we both began training with the Church Army in London and moved back to Shropshire to begin our ministries following our commissioning in 1990.

I worked as youth worker for the Shrewsbury Churches Youth Project and Su served as Project Worker for the Telford Young Parents Project. Following Shropshire we moved to Bedworth as I was appointed Youth and Children Minister for All Saints’ Church whilst Su established a new project with young families across the town. Another move came in 1996 as I was invited to take up a new post in Warwick as Youth and Children Worker for St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and Christ Church, Woodloes Park.

I began training for Ordination at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham in 2003 and was ordained in 2005 at Coventry Cathedral. I served my curacy

at St. Nicholas’, Kenilworth and in 2008 was appointed Priest-in-Charge of of Harbury and Ladbroke. Su is currently Senior Regional Manager (Volunteer Development) for ‘Embrace the Middle East’ a charity that together with local Christian communities, are bringing  change through healthcare, education and community development projects in the Middle East.

We have two children, Jess (26) an  actress based in London and Elliot (21) currently completing his teacher training (Primary) in Canterbury.

So what do we like doing? Well, lots of things. We both enjoy running (with Gus, our Labrador), I play guitar and ukuleles, enjoy stargazing when I get the chance and I also hold a black belt in Shotokan Karate (useful for PCC meetings!). We both enjoy reading, hill-walking and eating curries! 

So, there you are – a brief snap shot of who we are!

Please pray of us as we prepare to come to Shottery – you may indeed see us at the beginning of May as we begin to sort the Vicarage out – please do pop over and say hello (but beware, you may be given a paint brush!).

We will be praying for all of you too as we move together into this next  exciting chapter.

God bless you -

Reverend Craig and Su