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.
MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR – JUNE 2019
With Easter falling so late this year, the month of June is packed with many of the great festivals and feasts of the Church: Pentecost (9th), Trinity Sunday (16th), Corpus Christi (20th) and The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (28th); St Barnabas (11th), The Birth of St John the Baptist (24th), and Ss Peter and Paul (29th). Some of these fall on weekdays, but all will be marked with a celebration of the Eucharist—the details will be advertised in the weekly news sheet.
The coincidence of Midsummer’s Day with the feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist is not in fact a coincidence at all. Our forebears saw in the changing of the seasons an illustration of the words of St John the Baptist in John’s gospel: “He must increase, but I must decrease”. With the coming of Jesus, John must fade into the background. In the days following John’s feast day, daylight decreases, and it keeps decreasing until Christmas, when with the celebration of the coming of the Lord Jesus, the light begins to lengthen once again.
In the life of our parish, too, there are people who are taking on greater roles, and others who are stepping back and taking a little well-deserved rest. Full details of the changes to the PCC can be found on the website, but I would like to add my thanks to all those standing down for their years of service, to those who are continuing to serve, and to those who are newly-elected. Special thanks also to Carol Brook-Partridge, standing down as Churchwarden after many years of dedicated service, to Robin Hartley who takes on this responsibility, and to Sue Hockley who continues to serve as Churchwarden.
With my prayers for you all,