Staff & Leadership
Meet the Team
REVD. SIMON TILLOTSON
Interim Team Vicar
A bit of background for you. I have been sharing my role at All Saints Whitstable with St Peter's Church Whitstable since 2007 but from 16 November 2020 I changed the St Peter's part of my role over to St John's, Swalecliffe with Chestfield. Revd Rachel Webbley has taken on my role at St Peter's whilst still being based at St Alphege Whitstable. I also remain as Team Vicar at All Saints. These changes are due to the fact that the Whitstable Team cannot afford a direct replacement for Revd David Vannerley, who we sadly said farewell to on on 15 November 2020. David is now enjoying a well-earned retirement.
These changes are on an experimental basis as none of this has yet been formally agreed as a long-term solution. At some point this year (I don't know precisely when) there will be the long-awaited Parish Review and an assessment of how the new staffing arrangement is going. I very much want this to work and hope that you do too.
I like St John's a great deal. I have taken a few services there in the last 14 years and each time i have found it a warm and welcoming church family. I am particularly impressed, since the above discussions began, by the energy and enthusiasm of those in leadership at the church to continue reaching out to our pastoral district with God's love.
Children & Families Minister
Jane Myhill is our Children & Families Minister. Jane's husband is David and they have two teenage children and a variety of pets!
She writes: "I believe God loves everybody, from the youngest to the oldest and I'm looking forward to working with children and families at St John's, helping them to know God's love for each of them."
Nick is DCC Secretary, a member of the PCC and also Deanery Synod.
Anne is married to Mike, Chairman of 6th Whitstable Scout Group. Ann is now retired following a long career in childcare. She enjoys gardening, cooking, travelling and also helps to arrange the flowers in church!
Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer
The District Church Council (DCC)
The DCC is made up of a group of people nominated and elected at our Annual District Church Meeting. Anyone who is a member of the church can be nominated to serve on the church council. The DCC holds legal responsibility for the church and oversees all the practical and business parts of running a church, as well as being somewhere people can share ideas about the life of the church. The DCC meets six times a year and always starts with a time of prayer and worship together. Current members of the DCC are Amanda Boucherat, Jack Dale, Tessa Dale, Michael Domnin, Mary Fuller, Maxine Gambrill, Joan Hughes, Chris McKane, Karen McKane, Lesley Moxon, Stewart Neame, Joan Pilgrim and Nick Widdows (DCC Secretary).
The Parochial Church Council (PCC)
St John's Parish Church (Swalecliffe with Chestfield) is a member of the Whitstable Team of Anglican Churches, together with All Saints Church, St Alphege Church (Seasalter), St Alphege Church (Whitstable), St Peter's Church and St Andrew's Church. The PCC is made up of members from each of the team churches and meets four times a year.
The PCC holds legal responsibility for all the team churches and discusses the overall strategy for the team and how the team co-ordinates with each other. The current members of the PCC representing St John's are Amanda Boucherat (PCC Vice-Chair and Lay Chair, Reculver Deanery), Maxine Gambrill, Joan Hughes, Karen McKane, Stewart Neame and Nick Widdows.
Ministry Leadership Team (MLT)
Mary Fuller, Karen McKane, Lesley Moxon, Jane Myhill
Centre Bookings Secretary
Coffee Break Leaders
Joan Pilgrim and Bernard Self
Gift Aid Secretary
Sharon Braddy (website and online); Karen McKane (newsletter); Nick Widdows (Update)
Saturday Market Co-ordinator