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Rev Dr Eddie Scrase-Field

Vicar

Rev Dr Eddie Scrase-Field

Vicar

I’m really pleased to have joined St. John’s Blackheath as the new vicar! It’s been a great pleasure to read about the church and catch a glimpse of all that the Lord has been doing in you and through you. My faith started from a very young age having the great privilege of being brought up in a Christian home. Although I was born in Royston, Herts I have lived in many different places, including Suffolk, Aberdeenshire, Ohio in the US, Manchester and York.

I trained as a research scientist in plant biochemistry and molecular biology and then worked for a government agency in the regulation of pesticides. During this period I was called and selected for ordination and trained at Ridley Hall Cambridge. I completed my curacy in the picturesque city of Carlisle, and then moved to my current post as Associate Minister at St Mary’s, Cheadle, near Manchester. To relax I enjoy spending time with my family, especially visiting coastal areas of the UK, and occasionally I also get to play cricket, golf or even go running.

Matt Lockwood

Youth Assistant

Matt Lockwood

Youth Worker

Hello to you! Writing ‘pen portraits’ is always an odd affair as the thing you need to know could fit quite well on a top trumps card, but here goes. My name is Matt Lockwood, or Matthew John if you ask my mother. I’m 22 years old, ‘grew up’ in a small village in Suffolk and had the joy of spending lots of time outside with my mates. I went to high school near Colchester and then sixth form in Ipswich, where I met my wonderful best friend, girlfriend and now fiancée Hannah.

After sixth form I did a gap year working for CYM Ipswich doing youth and children work, although I had done loads with them before then too, but it was there that I really began to feel God’s call to working with young people. I moved to Reigate, Surrey in the fall of 2012 and began working for Reigate Park Church as their student Youth Worker and studying for my degree at Ridley Hall, Cambridge with the Centre for Youth Ministry (similar to Matt Smith). I recently found out I got a 2:1!

I have just started at St. John’s (8th July 2015) and am responsible for Crunch, Legacy, Socials and Drop-In as well as some new projects on the way soon. I also work for 10 hours each week with GYFC on a couple of their established projects and shall be starting a new one with them come the New Year.

I look forward to meeting you! Matt.

Charlotte Parrott

Student Youth Worker

Charlotte Parrott

Student Youth Worker

Hi, I’m Charlotte I’m 25 years old and I’m your new student youth worker. I have moved to Blackheath from a small town called Haslemere in Surrey. I am studying at St Mellitus College doing a youth ministry and theology degree. I am in the first year of a three year course.
When I left school I went to college and earned my NVQ lvl 3 in Childcare and Education. I then worked in a nursery for four years and went on to nanny for a year while volunteering with the church youth group. I then had two gap years called DNA and DNA+ where I was my home churches assistant youth and children’s minister for the past two years.
I am going to be involved in Legacy, Fishfood, Crunch and Messy Church, and I have already felt very welcomed in to the church and in with the young people :).

Aike Kennett-Brown

Aike Kennett-Brown

Messy Church Pioneer

Hello, I’m Aike (pronounced Ika in case you were wondering) and I’ve been a part of the St. John’s team since September 2013 as Messy Church Pioneer. Messy Church is another way of doing church for families, particularly those who would not normally come to church. We now run 10 events per year including a camping weekend and hope to start a small family discipleship group: Messy Lyfe over the coming months. I have also taken on the role as a Messy Church regional co-ordinator for our local area, providing support and a connection for the local 7 Messy Churches with the BRF team (the national Messy Church team).

The other part of the role is to build up links with our local primary schools, to support the Christianity teaching on the RE syllabus, through church visits, RE classes and assemblies. This project has been evolving within the Charlton Deanery, seeing the churches collaborate on projects like The Christmas Journey (an interactive presentation for primary schools, combining a church visit with the retelling of the Nativity story) and a Deanery Easter play that tours the local primary schools.

Now you know about the role, here’s a bit about myself. Having spent all my adult life being involved with voluntary Christian youth and children’s work, I formalised my journey into children & families ministry by completing a Children’s Mission and Ministry Course at Cliff College in June 2013. Ready for a new academic challenge, I have just embarked on an MA in Children’s Mission at Cliff College. When I’m not at Church, I’m busy with family life, herding 3 children around and trying not to embarrass them too much with my passion for dance and drama.

Rosie Medhurst

Rosie Medhurst

Lay Reader and Junior Church Co-ordinator

I have recently retired from being head of a primary school in Thamesmead – a job I loved. Roger and I got married at St John’s, and have 3 sons, 1 daughter-in-law and 1 grandson. As our sons grew up, we valued their teachers at Greenwich schools, their music with Greenwich Youth Band, and St John’s Youth Work. My interests are very often some mix of Christianity and children, but I also thoroughly enjoy being one of the Pilgrimage organisers, and I relished the studying involved in training to be a Reader. I care very much that St John’s is welcoming to people of all ages and all backgrounds.

Lynne Buckley

Parish Worker

Lynne Buckey

Parish Worker

Hi, I’m married to Mike and have one married daughter called Lizzie. My background is in teaching, running music departments in various secondary schools and as the Pastoral Assistant in my home Church in Sidcup. I am the Parish Worker at St. John’s where I am involved in visiting the elderly and the housebound and in many other different activities, including Footprints, the Women’s Tuesday Morning Group, Pam’s Pantry, Make Your Mark and as part of the Chaplaincy team at Westcombe Park Nursing Home. It is wonderful being part of a very supportive team where everything is grounded in prayer. My vision is that through our varied ministries and activities at St John’s and in the local and wider community many will be drawn closer to God.

Sue Redford

Office Manager

Sue Redford

Office Manager and Church Administrator

I was married at St. John’s 34 years ago to Charlie, with 2 sons, David and Philip who were christened at St John’s too, so feel very ‘at home’ working here! For 35 years I have worked as a volunteer for the 7th and 2nd West Kent Boys Brigade Companies and enjoy family life, youth work and camping. It’s great to serve the community here at St. John’s and enjoy the challenge and diversity each day brings when I am here.

Looking forward to giving you a warm welcome when you come along.

Andrew Beswetherick

Minister in Secular Employment

Andrew Beswetherick

Minister in Secular Employment

I am an ordained minister, currently working as a part time teacher and involved in some educational consultancy as well as being here in the church. I teach children and young people who have severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties or are on the autistic spectrum in a special school. In St John’s I am involved in leading services and preaching and helping lead the Cycling Group and Annual Pilgrimage.

I have been a member of St John’s since 1983 and have been ordained since 1990. St. John’s is a great place to be! I am married to Jane and we have 2 married children in their twenties. I enjoy music, films, photography, trying to make films, reading and trying to race my bike faster than when I was young even though I am getting older!

Louis Alexander

Parish Worker

Louis Alexander

Parish Worker

I am a member of the ministry team at St John’s and a Reader in the Church of England. My background is in multi media education and training. I worked for many years for various government agencies in staff development. At St John’s I’m currently involved in hospital chaplaincy, funeral and bereavement work, involvement with a local estate and men’s ministries. I am married to Victoria and we have four grown up daughters. I enjoy playing classical guitar, writing and short breaks away from London with family and friends.

Church Wardens

Beverley Campbell

Beverly Campbell

Church Warden

Sam Stockley

Sam Stockley

Church Warden

Hi I’m Sam. Been a part of St Johns for many years and eager to contribute as a church warden!

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