Fr. Jeremy Tayler 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 – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020
Our images of the Christmas story tend to be dominated by the account of Jesus’ birth in the gospel according to S. Luke; it is in Luke’s account that we find the manger, the angels and the shepherds. In Luke’s account it is the Blessed Virgin Mary who is the main character. But the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated on 6th January or more commonly on the nearest Sunday, is based on S. Matthew’s account. Whereas Luke focuses on the outsiders, on those without power in conventional terms – the women and the shepherds – in Matthew’s account the focus at first appears to be on the more traditional authority figures – S. Joseph, Herod, and the Wise Men. But on a closer reading we see that Matthew too is interested in the powerless and the outsiders: in Matthew’s account the vulnerability of Mary is made far more explicit than in Luke’s; it is Matthew who gives us the shattering story of the killing of the innocents of Bethlehem; and even the Wise Men were in their own way outsiders, or at least they were in relation to Jesus and the culture within which he was raised. So although Matthew and Luke give us very different accounts of the birth of Jesus – different in emphasis, different in details – yet the essential message remains consistent. For Jesus, and in Jesus, no-one is an outsider. We may be different from one another in gender or language or culture or social status, but the same good news is manifested in different ways to Mary and Joseph, to the Shepherds and to the Wise Men. Let’s pray that we too will receive the grace of God, so that through our life and our mission in the coming year, the same good news will be made manifest to all in our community.
With my prayers,