Meet Us- Our Vicar, Rev Anne Davis

Our vicar is called Rev Anne Davis.  



 Who is Rev Anne? 

Rev Anne Davis has been our vicar since March 2016.  She came here from a parish in Cheshire but was born and grew up in Leicester. She came here with her husband Richard and lives in the Vicarage in Sentinel Road.  





Rev Anne's calling to ministry began a long time ago..

“I had a sense of God calling me all my life, from when I was 7. I have a clear memory of sitting at Primary school in assembly listening to the school's service on the radio; normally they were quite boring and the mats on which we sat were prickly and uncomfortable but this particular day they spoke about Elizabeth Fry, the Quaker prison reformer, and I thought I want to do something good like her." 

"....It took a long time for me to work out just where this call was leading, God was very gentle and allowed me to take small steps, without ever letting me get away entirely." 

"....It was only when the Church of England voted to allow women to enter the Priesthood in 1992 that I realised that that meant me. "Me, be a Vicar!" 

"...His guiding has led me to a Parish in a big council estate outside Birkenhead and now to Northampton where I am waiting with interest and trust for what he has in store for us all here at St Benedict's.” 

You can read more about Anne's story of her calling, from which this is taken, here.  



Why did Rev Anne come here?  

Rev Anne talks about what she found when she came to St Benedict's. 

Rev Anne - Our Vicar




What does Rev Anne do? 


It's a myth to think that vicars only work on Sundays!  In some ways Sunday is the least busy day of the week.

 On Sundays Rev Anne leads our morning Eucharistic worship at 10am.  She also shares in Thirty Minute church once a month.  Sometimes she will lead an evening service or meditation. 

Rev Anne also leads worship at other times in the week, a communion service on Wednesdays, and morning prayer three times a week, as well as services on special days such as Ascension Day. 



Rev  Anne says 

"There's no such thing as 'a typical day'  but this week, in addition to leading and preparing prayer and worship I have attended a clergy fellowship, prepared for and chaired our Parochial Church Council meeting, visited our local Guides, attended a meeting of West Hunsbury Parish Council, visited several parishioners and spoken to others on the phone, prepared for and helped to lead a visit of Hunsbury Park school to Church and begun to think about material for the Lent groups. I also met with a couple and helped them to think through what the Baptism of their son will mean for him and them.  These days of course a lot of things are done by email and most enquiries for Baptisms and wedding banns come in via the website. I am very fortunate to be very ably helped by our Parish administrator and Lay Minister  but I like to make sure that I have some personal contact with each couple."


You can listen to sermons Rev Anne has preached recently here.  










Fridays are Rev Anne's usual day off

"To help me find some quiet in all the business I enjoy baking and knitting and there is always at least one book on the go. We are very lucky in Hunsbury to be surrounded by lots of green spaces and I like to take advantage of that by taking our dog, Cassie, for a walk. She enjoys them very much too.

 Friday is usually my day off and since we have moved here we have been able to take up doing some fairly long walks again. We often meet up with my sister - at the moment we are walking the stages of the "National Forest Way" - and we all enjoy being able to be out in the beauty and wonder of God's creation."

 You can get in touch with Rev Anne by phoning the vicarage on 01604 768624, text or call   07564 605275 or by email on 


Coming to St Benedict's 

If you would like to come to St Benedict's, you are welcome to our many events and services.  We have a wide range of different activities.  Look on other pages of the website for information about bible study, bell ringing, cafe and more.  If you would like to come to a service, you are welcome.  You don't need to tell anyone and you can just turn up. If however you would like to talk to Rev Anne beforehand, please do contact her as above.  


Being called to Ministry

If you think God may be challenging you in terms of ministry; look here   and read Anne's story of her calling to ministry here