ANNUAL MEETING 2023
SEEING GOD CHANGE LIVES
MONDAY 24 april
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD
JOIN WITH OTHERS ACROSS THE CHURCH TO
TO elect a new PCC and Warden team, and to review the journey
2022 has been a year of transitions, or consolidation, and of clarification. Emerging from the pandemic we have been steadily gaining momentum and cohesion again. God has been good and we have begun 2023 with a sense of optimism and hope. The year ahead, already underway, will be full of change and renewal as we welcome new members into the family, new staff team and look to church plant.
If you are interested in joining the PCC or the Deanery Synod, get in touch with Richard directly and he can tell you more.
WHAT IS THE PCC FOR?
The PCC has the following responsibilities:
- works with the Vicar in promoting the vision of the church.
The Vicar and the PCC have a duty to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish, and to co-operate in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This includes almost everything to do with the church’s work in the parish, and its relationship with the deanery and the diocese.
- is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the church, churchyard and moveable objects
- has overall charge of all expenditure
- members are Trustees of the church.
WHAT IS THE DEANERY SYNOD?
The Deanery Synod includes representatives from St Mary’s, the Heath and other local Anglican churches. Deanery Synod representatives are automatically on the PCC. The Deanery Synod and has the following responsibilities:
- to consider matters concerning the Church of England and to make provision for them in relation to their deanery, and to consider and express their opinion on matters of religious or public interest;
- to bring together the views of parishes of the deanery on common problems, to discuss and formulate common policies on those problems, to foster a sense of community and interdependence among parishes, and generally to promote in the deanery the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical;
- to make known and so far as appropriate put into effect any provision made by the Diocesan Synod;
- to consider the business of the Diocesan Synod, and particularly any matters referred to that synod by the General Synod, and to sound parochial opinion whenever required or appropriate to do so;
- to raise matters, as the Deanery Synod consider appropriate, with the Diocesan Sy
OUR CURRENT PCC | APRIL 2022
ELECTED TO BE OUR CHURCH WARDENS
Leslie has been a member of the PCC and the Deanery Synod for many years and has been involved in all kinds of aspects of Church life. Having taught at St Bede’s school he is now a Union Representative and is also Lay Chair of the Reigate Deanery Synod. He was appointed Church Warden in 2020.
Tom has been a member of St Mary’s for 20 years and has been involved in a number of different ways – as a Foundation Governor at the Reigate Parish School and as a PCC member for six years during the building project. Tom is a commercial property solicitor and is married with three children. He was appointed Church Warden in 2021.
ELECTED TO THE PCC
I’ve been a member of St Mary’s for nearly 16 years, and on the PCC for 5. During that time I’ve been involved in youth work and have often played drums as part of the worship team, alongside my wife Jo. Both worship and youth are areas of our church life that I would be keen to support and strengthen as a member of the PCC. I’d also hope to provide a voice for the growing number of young families in the church.
I’m Becky, married to Tim and we have 2 children Chloe (17) and Matty (15). We’ve been part of St Mary’s for the last 20 years. I’m a secondary school teacher and am passionate about young people and supporting them in their journeys into becoming the people they were made to be. I’m part of the Satellites team on a Wednesday night helping our young people explore who God is and how he fits into their lives, as well as discussing all the other important issues like the colour of their socks and what is for dinner! I’m also part of the welcome team and have been on the PCC for the last 4 years.
Hi my name is Ali, I am married to Josh and I am mum to Melody (5) and Edith (2). I have been following Jesus my whole life, and he is such a big part of it, in my marriage and in raising our children, and everything in between. We came to St Mary’s four years ago as Josh was offered a job and we have since made it our home. I have been heavily involved in co leading and hosting our Next-Gen Life group, helping to organise MOLO (the mums of under fives ministry) as well as general participation in the life of the church. I have a real love for the family that is St Marys, as well as a heart to encourage the Church to look to Jesus. Alongside this I would bring experience of different church leadership contexts to the role. leadership contexts to the role.
My name is Martin Hetherington. I am a regular at St Mary’s and have been coming here since I was in the youth group over 30 years ago! I am married to Anna and have three children – Charlie, Millie and Rosie. I work at Reigate Grammar School and have done so for the last 12 years and teach Maths and am involved in the Pastoral Care of Students. I have been on the PCC before and have enjoyed trying to help the church move in the right direction and would love to get involved again, helping shape the Church as we begin to “go back to normal”. I love most sports and spend my spare time either playing sport or watching my children play!
I’ve been part of St Mary’s Church since 2009. My husband, Barney, and I feel very blessed to have 3 children (11, 9 & 7). Over the last 13 years, I’ve volunteered on the intercessions team, worship team, children’s groups and have been part of Jigsaw. Last year I co-hosted an Alpha group and joined the PCC. For twenty years, I worked in television broadcasting – latterly as a Senior Producer for ITV. I now love working at RGS, as Head of Netball and Head of Athletics and teaching History & T&P. I enjoy coaching sport voluntarily to children in our community and helping guide a teenage Christian group. Doing Alpha in my twenties was life changing and my spiritual journey has deepened through Bible study, prayer, fellowship and being part of our church. I hope to encourage and join others in their faith journey, support our church leaders and contribute to the mission and vision of St Mary’s.
I have been a member of St Mary’s since I was 2 years old, and it is my precious home. With my husband, Chris, and my children Zara (17), Richie (15), Lani (13), and Karrie (10) we have lived in other places, at times as mission partners with St. Mary’s. Over the course of the last 12 years, I have spent many years leading Jigsaw, teaching in children’s work and doing prayer ministry. A key part of what I do is one to one discipling with women. I have been a governor at the Parish School and led on a few Alpha courses. At present I run a course teaching the gospel to those curious about Jesus and use art as a way of exploring that, called ‘The Art Course’. I feel I would contribute a broad perspective to the PCC, with the centrality of worshipping God, discipling one another and reaching out to those around us as we join in with God as he builds his Kingdom in Reigate.
I’ve lived in Reigate for over 30 years now. I trained as a nursery nurse and worked in a nursery for 15 years. After this I retrained as a Carer in the community and met and worked with amazing elderly people. Two years later I retrained again and have been working in a hospital ever since. My job at the hospital gives me the opportunity to serve God in all I do and to see God working in people’s lives. I have a 19 year old daughter, Zoe, who has been coming to St Mary‘s ever since she was born. St Mary‘s is part of our home and community, I’m involved with the children’s groups at St Marys. I have always felt that God has called me to serve, being part of the PCC is another way that I can serve God and the community.
I’m a Civil Servant and dad to Henry (5) and Maxwell (2). I joined St Mary’s in 2015 when I moved to the area with my wife Annette. I’ve been a member of the PCC since 2020 and have previously been involved in preaching, hosting Alpha and a post-Alpha life group, and leading the Marriage Preparation Course. Having come to faith later in life, I am passionate about sharing the good news with those who don’t yet know Jesus. I also want to make sure our church is somewhere families and children of all ages feel welcome and can get involved.
The Rayners have been part of the St Mary’s family since we moved to Reigate in 2009. We’ve been involved in all kinds of parts of St Mary’s life, and most recently for me that has been co-leading the Lighthouses children’s group, being part of the Satellites youth team and serving as a Deputy Warden. I am an architect and bring to the PCC a mix of practicality and creativity. I’m really passionate about seeing people growing deeper in their faith and passing it on to others.
I have been a member of St Mary’s for over six years following my move to Reigate from Sussex. My roles at St Mary’s are as part of the Hospitality Team, including in-house events and meals delivered for those in need. The team also caters for the Winter Night Shelter. I help ‘in the kitchen’ with youth camp events and with mid-week Satellites. My family are my joy.
ELECTED TO THE DEANERY SYNOD IN 2021
I qualified as a Licenced Lay Minister (we were formerly known as Readers) under the Diocese in Europe and I have been with St Mary’s for just over 3 years since I moved to Reigate. My responsibilities include making sure Wednesday Communion services run smoothly. I also lead Morning Prayer services and sometimes preach. In addition, I lead the monthly services at the Eversfield and Priors Mead care homes.
OUR CURRENT DEANERY SYNOD TEAM | 2020-23