Our Rector, Rev Gisela Raines, and our OLM Bob Smith have recently retired. We are currently waiting for another shepherd to guide our church and will be advertising this position soon. We will have priests from nearby churches taking our services for the next few months. We are a friendly bunch, and still have lots going on in our church and church hall, so if you are new please make yourself known by contacting a church warden or chatting to people after services. 



 Picture of Elizabeth the church warden.

Esther Platt and Elizabeth Rigby


What is a churchwarden?

The role of churchwarden dates back well over 500 years. It is concerned with the upkeep of   the church buildings and the churchyard, and with the maintenance of good order within them.

In practice this can mean anything from drawing up rotas for the making of tea or the mowing of grass to checking the wiring, keeping official records or, more seriously, ensuring that public worship proceeds undisturbed and the church grounds are kept as a place of peace for all members of the community.

Nowadays we act in most cases on behalf of the Parochial Church Council (PCC), but nevertheless it is our duty to be the Bishop’s officers ‘on site’. To help us we have a number of deputy wardens who look after particular areas such as finance, building repairs, choir leadership, front-of-house services during worship, etc.

Under the leadership of the Rector, together with the Treasurer, the Verger and the Secretary of the PCC, we form a kind of ‘senior management team’. Like all good modern management we try to remain in constant touch with the action at the ‘grassroots’, facilitating the work of the ministry team on the one hand and the members of the congregation on the other. We all look to serve one another and join together to pursue the church’s mission.

Many people don’t realise that churchwardens are responsible to the whole parish, in other words the whole local community. And St Paul’s seeks to be an inclusive organisation. So whether you are a regular worshipper, an enquirer, a casual visitor, a supporter, a user of our amenities such as the Hall… whatever the level of your personal commitment, we hope you will not be shy of approaching us and communicating your ideas where appropriate. We can’t please all of the people all of the time, but you can rely on a friendly response!

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