Rev. Paul Crabb – Priest in Charge of Bramley
As well as the expected rounds of officiating at christenings, weddings and funerals, and leading Sunday services, Paul plays an ongoing role in the wider community. He works closely with community groups, takes part in forums and is a school governor. He always seeks to link people in to community resources (including Bramley Elderly Action) that may be of help to them. He sees himself as regularly ‘taking the temperature’ of the community.
Born in Halifax, Paul has been Priest in Charge of Bramley since February 2014, after being a Deacon, Curate and Vicar for 23 years, all in West Yorkshire.
It’s easy to see how, with his warm and open personality, Paul can always be ‘available’ to talk and to listen. That’s why he wears his dog collar when he’s walking around the parish. He is always a Vicar. “I’ve got the time”.
He loves the variety and unpredictability of the role. On any day he may be involved in all parts of people’s lives. When asked which part of his role he enjoys most, Paul’s answer surprised: funerals. He explained that this is because of the trust, openness and willingness to share that he experiences with families at this difficult time.
Paul finds the occasional ‘culture clash’, between the church and people’s wishes, the most challenging things to deal with, and there are times when he may want to say things but has to be careful about what he says! He represents the church, and also speaks on behalf of people.
Paul finds that “older people often have really important things to say” and have a refreshing and helpful “longer view of life” in a very wise way, summed up in the phrase “It’ll still be there tomorrow”. They also play a vital role in networking the community and family life.
Paul likes gardening, which is also a reflective time. He used to sing and do amateur dramatics. He also goes running but, as he puts it, “only in my mind!”