ST MARK'S NEWTOWN VICARS AND CURATES1 Comment
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People who remembered the Rev. J.N. Davey said that he was always singing hymns, and had certain pet hates. He never allowed dancing at church functions because he thought that dancing was "just a cheap way of cuddling". He was also very much opposed to gambling and alcohol. Roman Catholicism was not his favourite version of Christianity (understatement), and he and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Davey ministered in partnership. Vicar Davey was particularly good at visiting the sick at any hour, day or night, and he especially liked to encourage children to worship at St. Mark's. At his funeral in 1956, the Bishop of Liverpool, Dr. Clifford A. Martin said without hesitation that there was no man in the Docese more universally respected than Jim Davey. He had been vicar of St. Mark's for nearly thirty years; his brother was vicar for six years before him, so there had been a Davey as vicar of St. Mark's for about 35 years. During that time the people of the parish had known just where they stood. Mr. Davey cared for his people and wore himself out for them, and he would do anything to do a good turn for anybody. He was a pastor of the highest order and a strength to those in weakness, especially in the sickroom. Rev. Jim Davey was a good man and among all his fellows he was highly regarded, highly esteemed , and deeply loved.
It is sad to read that The Reverend gentleman was so opposed to members of another Christian Church ,but I suppose he was of his time ,there was great bitterness on both sides . Today thank God this has largely disappeared . Younger people would be amazed that such division was preached from the pulpit . Jesus said " A new commandment I give unto you; To love one another as I have loved you". In another place in The Bible ," Love thy neighbour as thy self"