A short biography of Rev. Jeremy Tayler, Rector-designate for the benefice of St. Mary’s, Henley and St. Nicholas, Remenham.
Fr. Jeremy was born in Lincolnshire and brought up in and around Bristol, but has lived most of his adult life in London. He studied International Relations and History at LSE before building a career in research administration. He has also worked briefly as both a religious studies teacher and nursery nurse in Finland, and spent two years as a full-time parent, picking up an MA in History and Politics from Birkbeck along the way. He then trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, before serving for three years as Assistant Curate at St John’s Wood Church in the Diocese of London. Fr Jeremy is a keen cyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys gardening, walks in the countryside and outdoor swimming. He will be joined by his wife, Maura, who is from Helsinki, Finland, and their daughters Blanche (9) and Ginevra (8). Maura, who loves classical music, works for the Diocese of London as PA to the Archdeacon of Hampstead. The whole family have a great love of cooking, hospitality and entertaining, and are all very much looking forward to life in Henley- on-Thames and Remenham.
In his application, Jeremy states that he is very much at home in the liturgical and sacramental Anglican tradition and is committed to teaching and preaching that is thoughtful, prayerful and intellectually credible. Regular communion is important to him, as is the reading of scripture surrounded in prayer. Mission and evangelism, as well as compassionate social action, are important parts of ministry for him. St. Francis of Assisi, with his radical commitment to preaching the gospel and to loving and serving the poor, is a major inspiration to him. He has gained a wide experience of preaching by accepting the opportunity to preach in different churches and diverse settings both in London and in Helsinki.
Children’s ministry has been a particular focus for him during his curacy. He has achieved this through a wide range of activities in schools, toddler groups and junior choir. He has driven the involvement and integration of children into the worship at St. John’s Wood through reading, singing and serving.
Fr. Jeremy has had a great love of music since childhood. He plays the guitar and is a confident liturgical singer and reader of music, having sung in choirs at school and college. He is confident in singing the Sursum Corda and the Preface, and he also has experience of singing Choral Evensong, Choral Matins and sung Compline.
Blanche, Ginevra and their maternal grandmother will be moving into the Rectory on 1 September so that the girls can start school in Henley at the start of the academic year. Jeremy’s final service in St. John’s Wood will be held on Sunday 9th September and he and Maura will move to Henley during the week following this. His Institution, Induction and Installation will take place on Monday 24 September at 7.30 pm and his first service as our rector will be at the 10 am Eucharist on Thursday 27. His first Sunday services will be on Sunday 30 September which will be our Harvest Festival at St. Mary’s.
Please pray for Jeremy and his family as they prepare for their move to our benefice. We know we have a bright and joyful future with Jeremy at our helm. Obviously, there will be changes, but we are confident that these will be gentle, relevant and to the glory of God.
We are extremely fortunate to have Father John taking our Sunday morning services and our Thursday 10 am services for which the churchwardens, PCC and congregation are very grateful.
Please contact the Parish Office in the first instance for all enquiries relating to funerals, baptisms, and weddings, as well as general parish needs, until Fr. Jeremy arrives in September. Telephone 01491 577340, and there is an answerphone which is monitored regularly when the office is closed.