At the 2020 APCM, held on 22 September, four new members were appointed to the PCC. Here are their personal statements, the statements of the two new churchwardens follow.
I have been part of All Saints for something like fifteen years, having been attracted to the community while in Parsons Green over occasional weekends when I lived in France still. I have been Cellarer for a shorter time, responsible for ensuring that when we come together our wine matches the standards which we aspire to in other areas.
My particular interests are the way that a community such as All Saints supports the settled section of society opening opportunities to less settled sections, particularly the younger ones, and also how we use our longer time perspective to response to current zeitgeists.
I have been a trustee and director of operations of a successful centre for young people in Battersea, with its origins in the era of Victorian philanthropy. This has given me a good understanding of the importance of nurturing a reputation and of effective governance in the charity sector.
I live in Fulham with my husband, Edward and our two sons (Alfred & Oscar, who are 4 and 2 years old). I am a qualified litigation lawyer, having previously worked as a solicitor at a City law firm.
We have been worshipping as a family at All Saints’ church since 2015 and I am a Spiritual Leader when helping with crèche on Sundays.
I have particularly enjoyed supporting other local families with young children since joining the All Saints’ community and have co-run the Family Time playgroup between 2016- end of 2019. I also co-organise the yearly winter bbq, which brings all members of the community together.
I have lived in Fulham since the 1970s and we started attending All Saints with our young children in the 1980s. More recently our daughter was married in All Saints and our grandson was baptised there. I now attend the 8 o’clock service.
I am a solicitor, and I still work part-time as a consultant of my firm. I am also a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Wandsworth Prison – having heard of the vacancy there via an All Saints pew sheet.
In my spare time I enjoy music and tennis and tending my allotment.
I have attended church for as long as I can remember, being a bellringer and a choir member from 10 years of age.
I worked in a bank for five years then decided to train as a nurse. I'm a qualified nurse and midwife, and a senior nurse manager for 10 years, now retired.
I am a qualified independent therapist as well as training for several years in spirituality, religious worship and certain aspects of theology. My forte is ritual and ceremony. Functioning from a house church I trained in all the minor orders for the priesthood and was officially ordained as a priest in 1995 to run a house church and to perform the Eucharistic Mass, as well as other ceremonies, which I did for 10 yrs.
I became a bellringer at ASF around 2005 later joined the congregation and in the last 4 years I became a sidesperson, a reader, a server, and from 2018 assistant sacristan.
I have been involved in many things, some of which are mentioned above and I feel I have a variety of skills to offer.
It would be an honour to serve on the PCC.
Laura has worshipped at All Saints since she moved to SW London in 2007. Whilst on maternity leave from her role as executive assistant to the Global CEO of a major record company, she helped run the Thursday morning mother and baby group, which in turn led to a fuller participation in church life as Secretary and then Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee and also a member of the Community Fete & Dog Show organising team for 10 years. Whilst serving her second rotation on the PCC, the opportunity to serve as churchwarden arose. Covid-19 having stalled almost all aspects of life, the chance to be elected in April this year was postponed. However, the silver lining to this was that Laura was able to act as deputy churchwarden during these last months, receiving excellent mentorship and a fuller appreciation for the position of churchwarden.
Christina Thomas is a retired editor and proofreader who has worshipped at All Saints for 30 or so years. Her involvement in the life of All Saints has mainly centred on communications, helping with the parish magazine and website. In 2013, she took a sabbatical for six months and volunteered at Amasango Career School in South Africa, working as a classroom assistant among some of the most disadvantaged children in the Eastern Cape. A few years ago she took a party of seven parishioners to Amasango for a fortnight’s volunteering thus strengthening the ties between All Saints and Amasango. She has already served a term as churchwarden, and after three years of doing very little at All Saints hopes to take up the role again.