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Manor Team

Team Rector: In Vacancy

 

Associate Priest: The Reverend Karen Colley

Karen, previously licensed as a Lay Reader, was ordained as a priest in June 2014.  After working at Royal Mail for 26 years in a variety of roles including postwoman, researcher and relationship manager, she took voluntary redundancy in 2011 and currently works for the Diocese of Sheffield at Church House.  Karen is a self-supporting minister (SSM) and continues to support the work of the diocese, as well as giving her time to Manor Parish.
 
Karen is married and has 4 cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, art and crafts and baking, as well as looking for graffiti and discovering hidden beauty in forgotten places with her husband.

 

Assistant Curate: Reverend Sibylle Batten

Sibylle was born in Germany and moved to England in 1981 to spend her gap year in a L’Arche Community where people with and without learning disabilities live, and share in life, together. The gap year turned into life in the UK, and following a move to Sheffield in 1984 to study modern languages the city became home. She went on to train as a Probation Officer and spent 26 years working in a variety of roles in the criminal justice system.

In 2016 she decided it was time for change, resigned from the Civil Service, and spent a few months volunteering with the Chaplaincy Team of a Women’s Prison.  She was ordained priest in 2020 and is now a self-supporting minister, combining her curacy with working for Methodist Homes (MHA) as Area Support Chaplain.

She enjoys watching movies with her Civil Partner Sue, looking after her rescue horse, playing the clarinet (badly), and after years of reading only theology, having time to read ‘proper novels’ cover to cover.  

 

Church Related Community Work Minister:  Simon Loveitt

Simon grew up in inner city Aston in Birmingham, (and does still support Aston Villa through thin and thinner!) He initially pursued a career in the catering industry, spending two years at catering college, and working at The Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.   

After a period of voluntary youth and community work he was trained and has worked since 1989 as a Church Related Community Work Minister for the United Reformed Church in inner-city Manchester, Middlesbrough and Bradford.
 
He is now part of the ecumenical Manor Church and Community Project, which is working in partnership with local people, groups and organisations to tackle the issues which affect the quality of people's lives in the Sheffield 2 postcode.
 
Simon is married, with two boys, one just finished and one just started university.  In his spare time Simon is a member of a running club and enjoys walking.

 

Support and Development Worker: Nicola Smith

Nicola came to the Manor Parish as Parish Administrator in January 2009.  She started off working in solicitors’ offices, working her way up from office junior to being a Wills and Probate paralegal.  For seven years she undertook a dual role of paralegal and Diocesan Registry Clerk, until the retirement of the former Diocesan Registrar.  She then managed to escape the legal world when she took on the role of Parish Administrator.

In 2012 Nicola embarked on the new role of Support and Development Worker, encompassing her old role as Administrator along with new aspects such as event organisation and older people's work.  In 2013 she was also the Project Officer of a Heritage Lottery Funded project called Manor Memories.

She loves being a member of the Manor team and says it's easily the most enjoyable job she has ever had.

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