Rector – The Reverend Margaret Jones.
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As a church community, we aim to be a welcoming presence in the village of Pontesbury. Our vision is that we can be a place that is open to all, offering a warm and friendly welcome, a place where people want to be, a place to come to reflect and be still, a place to meet others and be inspired by sincere, engaging and life-changing worship, a place of learning and sharing, of healing and caring, a place of fun and fellowship, a place where God can find us waiting to serve and be served.
St George’s is open all day for people to pop in to look around the building, spend time in prayer or light a candle in the quiet area and we look forward to welcoming you personally to our church on a Sunday when we join together to worship God.
I have been Rector here for nearly 7 years and have been married to Christopher for 41 years. We have two children and one granddaughter. We adopted a dog in 2014; our first, as we have always looked after cats. Tigger is a whippet/lurcher cross – a bit boisterous, but very loving. He takes protection of us a bit too seriously sometimes and lets the other dogs in the village know not to come too close to us when we are out walking!
Previously, I was a Lecturer in Business Studies at a College of Further Education in the West Midlands. Before coming to Pontesbury, I was Team Vicar for 8 years in the Solihull Team Ministry in Birmingham Diocese with responsibility for St Helen’s Church and Director of Children’s Ministry for the parish. After ordination in Worcester Cathedral in 1999 I served a curacy at Pershore Abbey and the village churches of Wick, Pinvin and Burlingham.
Curate – The Reverend Max Lambourne
Retired Priest – The Reverend Christopher Cooke
I had a ministry of thirty one years all in the Salop Archdeaconry of the Lichfield Diocese. I served in Telford New Town as a Curate, in twelve village parishes as a Rector and then Team Rector and in a small town (one of the ‘larger’ churches of Salop) together with a small village as Rector. I had to retire on health grounds in 2013, when I was 59, because of psoriatic (rheumatoid) arthritis. Since then, I have helped a little with occasional services in the Deanery and leading study courses etc. I enjoy reading and especially the contemporary novel.
Retired Priest – The Reverend Charmian Beech
Charmian retired to Pontesbury in October 2014, and is very happily settled in the village. Her interests are wide ranging, including a love of the countryside, walking her dog, opera and books. Her passion is the family, especially her grandson.
Other Church Officers
Families Worker – Mark Hackney
Treasurer – Gerald Worral
Secretary to PCC & Electoral Roll Officer – Val Butterworth
I have been a member of St. George’s congregation for around 45 years, having been greatly involved with choir activities but also having worked with children’s groups through Sunday activities, Holiday Clubs and workshops. My main activity with young people has been as a founding member of Little Dragons Under Fives Group which has been in existence since 2006 and which regularly caters for 30+ toddlers and their Carers.
As Secretary to the PCC I attend Meetings of the Standing Committee and assemble the Agenda for future PCC Ordinary and Special Meetings, issuing the said Agenda and arrangements for meetings to members of the PCC; recording the Minutes at all meetings of the PCC and issuing these to Members; keeping members informed of various aspects of Diocesan procedures.
Early in the year I gather information from the various church bodies towards the compilation of the Report for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), including information about St. George’s Church – the property and its finances, its personnel and the general life of the church and its various organisations.
As Electoral Roll Officer I am responsible for holding and keeping up to date the list of people registered on the Electoral Roll which is revised annually, the Revised Roll coming into effect on the date of the APCM.
Those named on the Electoral Roll are eligible to hold Office in St. George’s Church.
Every six years a New Roll is prepared. St. George’s New Roll is due to be prepared in 2019.
Church Warden – Sue Picken
Assistant Church Warden – Allen Marsden
When we moved to Pontesbury in 2007, our neighbours very kindly introduced Margaret and me to St. George’s church. We received a warm welcome which soon helped us feel part of the community. I became a regular worshipper. Now, as Assistant Churchwarden, I do what I can to support the Churchwardens and the Ministry team. For me, a high priority is to ensure that regulars and visitors are made to feel welcome and valued at St. George’s. I am also keen to see this extended to all who live in the Pontesbury area, young and old, so that they may find God in their everyday lives and see St. George’s church as more than just a lovely building.
Mary Worral (Order of St Ethelbert) – Friday Club and Youth Ministry