Overview


The following team of dedicated individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that a parish as busy as Finchampstead and California keeps running smoothly. We are very grateful to all those named below for their valued contribution to the life of our churches:


Parochial Church Council (PCC):

Clergy Licensed to the Parish
see Ministry Team for more info
Incumbent: Vacancy
Stipendiary Associate Priest: Rev Julian McAllen (also Acting PCC Chair and Standing Committee)
New Communities Minister: Rev Tonia Elliott (also Standing Committee)
Church Wardens St James:
Robert Alder (also PCC Lay Vice Chair and Standing Committee)
Joy Scovell(also Standing Committee)
St Mary & St John:
Marjorie Stalker (also Standing Committee)
Ashlyn Webster (also Standing Committee)
St Eligius:
Paul Marsden (also Standing Committee)
Lucia Golding (also Standing Committee)
Elected Deanery Synod Representatives to 30 Jun 2023:
Nicky Alder (also Standing Committee)
Carolyn Fox (PCC Secretary and Standing Committee)
Martin Hughes
Joanne Myall
Felicity Workman
Elected PCC Members to 2021:
Ed Sampson
Bev Mitchell-Wright
Sarah Booth
Jeremy Allcock (PCC Treasurer and Standing Committee)
to 2022:
Janice Allen
Martin Hembra
Susan Holmes (also Standing Committee)
Thelma Campbell
Pam Smith
to 2023:
Maurice Driver
Chris Ilsley
Kate Meads
Richard Owen
Karen Remmington
Co-opted Members Louise Buckett
Gemma Fient (also Standing Committee)
The PCC is a corporate body formed under the Parochial Church Council (Powers) Measure 1956 as amended. The PCC makes decisions corporately about the running of the parish and is responsible for all parish finance, including the appointment of a treasurer. The Standing Committee is a smaller group empowered to transact the business of the PCC between meetings, subject to keeping the PCC informed as fully as possible. The practical work of the PCC is largely devolved to committees and working groups who report back regularly and bring recommendations to the PCC.

Committees for the whole Parish:

Note: The Rector is ex-officio to all committees and may attend as she wishes.
PCC members shown in bold. For accountability, chairs of committees should generally be PCC members – where chair (or secretary) is not a PCC member, the PCC members on that committee are responsible for keeping the PCC informed & circulating minutes to PCC.

Standing Committee Rector, Rev Tonia Elliott, Rev Julian McAllen, churchwardens, Robert Alder, Joy Scovell, Marjorie Stalker, Ashlyn Webster, Lucia Golding, Paul Marsden, PCC Secretary Carolyn Fox, PCC Treasurer Jeremy Allcock, Nicky Alder, Susan Holmes, Gemma Fient
Standing Committee is the only committee required by law, with power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the PCC.  Matters are often referred to the Standing Committee to investigate further and bring back to the full PCC either a report or recommendation.  The Standing Committee arranges the agenda for the full PCC meetings.
Communications, IT and Publicity Rev Tonia Elliott, Carolyn Fox, Marjorie Stalker, Kate Meads, Joanne Myall, Nicky Alder
+ David Booth, Judy McLaren, Penny Arlon
Key responsibilities of the committee include producing parish newsletters, managing parish website and maintaining relationships with the local press and others to obtain publicity.
Community & Outreach
Clergy member Rev Tonia Elliott, Marjorie Stalker, Thelma Campbell, Janice Allen 
+ Chris Driver, Harry Row
Oversees and encourages the involvement of the church in the local community, seeks to understand the needs of the community and to look at ways these might be met.
Growing Living Faith Clergy member Rev Tonia Elliott, Karen Remmington, Bev Mitchell-Wright, Chris Ilsley, Joy Scovell
+ Helen Anderson
Encouraging adults to begin and continue a journey of faith as Christians by providing suitable courses and other resources.
Children & Youth Outreach
Clergy member Rev Julian McAllen
+ Lisa Spooner, Rose MacMillan, Sam Khan, Kate Hembra, Nick Meads
Oversees and encourages the development of all the church’s work with children and young people to draw them in and help them on their journey of discovery as followers of Jesus.
Finance Jeremy Allcock (Treasurer and chair), Robert Alder, Martin Hembra, Marjorie Stalker,Lucia Golding, Rev Julian McAllen, Carolyn Fox
+ Jonathan Marshall, Cath Bowers, Pamela Zabbia
Key responsibilities of the committee include tracking finances and encouraging increased giving to support the mission of the Church.  Also looking critically at the financial arrangements of the PCC and the use of assets.
Charities and Mission Group
Pam Smith (chair), Sarah Booth, Martin Hughes,Chris Ilsley
+ Julia Arscott, Susan Meikle, Sharon White
Encouraging support of predominantly Christian charitable projects both UK based and overseas, proposing recipients of financial support to the PCC and bringing knowledge of the work of these charities to the church congregations.   Please click here to find out more.
Church Yard Committee
(Helen Taylor Churchyard Trust)

Grayeyard
The Rector ex-officio.  According to the Constitution, the PCC elect three from among its number of which one should be Chair & one treasurer.  (In addition, up to 6 others can be co-opted annually, one of whom should represent the Baptists and one the Roman Catholics.)
Richard Owen (chair), Ed Sampson (treasurer) and Carolyn Fox, Joy Scovell
+non PCC, Annalisa Brett, Ljiljana Seed, Chris Collins
The mission and aims of the Helen Taylor Churchyard Trust are for the long term care of St. James’ Churchyard. The graveyard is ecumenical (open to all churches) and its members reflect the views of different churches in Finchampstead. It maintains and repairs the churchyard area, its walls, fences and gates. The Trust also maintains the paths and where practicable maintains the memorials in a safe condition.
Please click here to find out more.
Green Team Richard Owen (chair), Carolyn Fox, Bev Mitchell-Wright, Chris Ilsley
+ Derrick Sequeira, Dave Cox
Encouraging the PCC and church congregations to be better stewards of God’s World, raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging recycling.
Fabric and Property Robert Alder (chair), Maurice Driver, Martin Hembra, Richard Owen, Ashlyn Webster, Paul Marsden
+ Sue Sampson (Church Centre Manager)
Overseeing the maintenance & repair of the whole of the St James’ Church/Manor House campus, SMSJ Parish Centre, St. Eligius Church and the property in McCarthy Way.
Pastoral Team Rev Julian McAllen (Team Leader), Kate Meads, Joy Scovell, Ashlyn Webster, Richard Owen
+ Les Anstead, Sue Sampson
Click here for more information

Church-specific Committees:

Worship and Liturgy
St James
Rev Julian McAllen, Nicky Alder, Carolyn Fox, Joanne Myall
+ Director of Music Janice Devine
Carry out much of the planning and overall direction of services.
Worship Committee
St Mary & St John
Rev Julian McAllen,  Ashlyn Webster, Marjorie Stalker, Martin Hughes
+ Dave Moore
Carry out much of the planning and overall direction of services.
Worship Committee
St Eligius
Rev Tonia Elliott, Paul Marsden, Louise Buckett
+ Rita Le Var
Carry out much of the planning and overall direction of services.
Social and Fundraising
St James
Nicky Alder  
+ Sue Sampson (day-to-day leader & chair), Sarah Owen, Chris Driver, Chris Widman, Sue Robinson, Maureen Nottage, Jane Parle, Gill Myall
The Social and Fundraising Committees undertake a key role within the Church, planning and organising various social and fundraising functions and also supporting special services throughout the year. Whilst helping to provide fellowship through social events our aim is also to raise essential funds for not only our own Church needs but also for wider charitable giving both at home and overseas.
Social and Fundraising
St Mary & St John
Not currently active
Fundraising
St Eligius
Rev Tonia Elliott, Paul Marsden, Sue Holmes, Louise Buckett, Gemma Feint
+Dave Elliott
Friends of St James Committee
St James
Currently being re-constituted

Other Roles (Parish-wide):

Parish Administrator Pamela Zabbia
Director of Music Janice Devine
Organist/Accompanist William Taylor
Electoral Roll Officer Nicky Alder
Data Protection Officer
Press and Publicity Officer Jo Myall
Regular Giving and Gift Aid Administrator
Robert Alder
Newsletter Editor Carolyn Fox
Mothers Union Branch Leader run by a committee
Website Administrator David Booth
Youth & Family Workers Sam Khan & Kate Meads
Wedding Verger Olive Butchart (St James), Heather Greenfield-Macrae and Ashlyn Webster (St Mary and St John)
Baptism Team Baptism Verger: Olive Butchart (St James), Chris Ilsley (St Mary and St John)
+Sarah Booth, Jackie Lawrence, Debbie Salkeld, Lindsay van den Burg, Mim Metcalfe
Safeguarding Officer Jackie Lawrence
Manager of Charity Commission Registration Carolyn Fox
Park Management Committee Representative Rev Julian McAllen
California Association Pat Weeks
Gorse Ride Church/School Liaison Group Marjorie Stalker and a Ministry Team member
Parish statistics administrator Nicky Alder
Ladies Breakfast Leader Carolyn Fox
Churches Together in Crowthorne TBC
Prayer Time Leader Paula Vicary
Singles Lunch Leader Marian Parry
Simple Lunch Food Coordinator Carolyn Fox

Other Roles (Church-specific):

Church Centre Administrator (St James) Sue Sampson
Parish Centre Administrator (St Mary and St John) Marjorie Stalker
Lead Sacristan (St James)
Lead Sacristan (St Mary and St John)
Head Sidesperson (St James)
Nicky Alder
Funeral Verger (St James) Richard Owen
Fledgelings Leader (St James) Sam Kahn, Kate Meads
Church Archivist (St James) Olive Butchart
Tuesday Working Party Leader (St James) Maurice Driver
Flower Team Leader (St James) Denise Adams
Flower Team (St Mary and St John) Marjorie Stalker, Ashlyn Webster
Tower Bells(St James) Hugh Dempster (Tower captain), Tricia Amos (contact)
Churchyard Gardening Club(St James) Ed Sampson
Insurances Officer Peter McBrien

Information correct as of 9th December 2020


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