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Meet the Team

Getting to know you…

Reverend Christine Judson the Vicar of The Huntspills & Mark 

Revd Chris JudsonMy name is Revd. Christine Judson, though ‘Rev Chris’ is a little easier, and ‘Chris’ is just fine.

Having thoroughly enjoyed being a Physics Teacher for many years, I trained for ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, served my Curacy in Highbridge, and ministered in Portishead as Team Pastor, before moving to my current post.

In many ways it feels as though being a vicar makes sense of who I am, what I’ve done and experienced so far and who I am becoming. That said, I believe that being a vicar is more about depending on God than on myself. Leading services across the benefice, managing practical matters within the churches and parishes, and serving their communities is a privilege and a challenge! I am enjoying getting to know people and the way things work here, and am looking forward to all that God has in store for us.

I believe that every person matters – no matter how young or old, whether members of the congregation or not, and regardless of their views on God. I am proud to be part of a church that is here to serve everyone – of any faith or none. We are not perfect (unlike the God we serve), but we are seeking to learn, to grow, and to become more like Jesus.

Please do contact me if you have any questions of thoughts to share, or come and join us – you’d be very welcome!

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Parish Administrator 

The Parish Administrator assists in the smooth running of all the Churches in the Benefice and co-ordinates the life of the 3 Parishes, working with the Rector, all the Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils. The Parish Administrator is the first point of contact for Baptisms and Weddings, arranging suitable dates.

Sara, Parish Administrator

Sara, Parish Administrator

Hi I am Sara and I have lived in East Huntspill since 1988, having grown up in Mark. I am married to Chris, a dairy farmer and have 2 grown up children who both live locally.

I joined East Huntspill PCC in 1999 as Secretary and became Churchwarden in 2019. Over the years many other posts have been added: – Safeguarding Officer, Electoral Roll Officer, Health & Safety & Data Protection Officer. In November 2017 I took on the role Of Parish Administrator for The Benefice of the Huntspills and Mark.

The village, the community and rural life are very important to me.


Churchwardens

The office of Churchwarden is a vital and ancient part of the Church of England. Churchwardens have served the Church since its beginnings and are directly responsible to the Bishop. Churchwardens are lay officers who look after the affairs of the church, and who, are the legal representative of the Parish. Churchwardens liaise with the Archdeacon over matters to do with church life, governance, buildings and worship. Churchwardens are elected annually by the members of each Church.

Sue, Church Warden

Sue, Church Warden

Hi I am Sue and I have lived in East Huntspill since I was 18 months old, having been born in Burnham. I am married to John; we have a small farm on the outskirts of the village. We have 2 children and 6 grandchildren.

I have along association with East Huntspill Primary School, having been a School Governor for many years.  A Lunchtime supervisor for 26 years, also caretaker and cleaner. Lots of children have learnt music at the School with me, the highlight each year was teaching the Year 6’s to ring the handbells.

As a child I attended Sunday School at All Saints, being confirmed in the Church. At various times I have been Sunday School teacher. I have been Church organist since I was 13 years old, a role that I have always enjoyed. I joined the PCC in the 1970’s and have been PCC Treasurer for many years, in the 1990’s I became Churchwarden. I am also All Saints representative on the Deanery Synod.


Lay Worship Assistants

Lay Worship Assistants contribute to the life of the church and their community by leading services. They might lead Morning and Evening Prayer, alternative non-Communion forms of worship, and assist clergy to lead Communion services.

Lay Worship Assistants are increasing the flexibility of worship within our churches. They improve the range and number of services that can be offered. They ensure that people can worship regularly in their own communities.

Lay Worship Assistants fulfil this role under the guidance of Rev Chris.

Hi, I am Mark. I was born and live in West Huntspill. I’m the youngest of 13 siblings. I spent 10 years in the Army during the 70’s. My Church life started in the mid-80’s and I have been involved with Church services ever since. I take services occasionally at St Peter’s and All Saints, West Huntspill and All Saints, East Huntspill.

Jon, Lay Worship Assistant

Jon, Lay Worship Assistant

Mark, Lay Worship Assistant

Mark, Lay Worship Assistant

Hi, I am Jon and I was appointed some 5 years ago as a Lay Worship Assistant. Along with my friend and colleague, Pat, I am involved in producing the first Sunday of the month Mark Morning Worship. As a retired teacher, I have enjoyed interacting with children. For some 20+ years I was Director of Mark`s Avalon Camps which gives a free holiday to 60+ disadvantaged children from Bristol. On retirement I became a Supply Teacher at Mark College for young people suffering from dyslexia. Planning and delivering the Morning Worship Service is helped by my background in teaching of some 30 years and Church attendance since childhood.

Jill, Lay Worship Assistant

Jill, Lay Worship Assistant

Hi, I am Jill and I have been a Lay Worship Assistant for the several years and enjoy all Services. I arrange the @3 Family Service once a month and take the Morning Worship Services occasionally.

Pat, Lay Worship Assistant

Pat, Lay Worship Assistant

Hi, I am Pat and I have been a Lay Worship Assistant for about several years. I am involved in producing the family service and morning worship each month. I enjoy interacting with other people. Planning and delivering a service is helped by my background in teaching.

 


Lay Pastoral Assistants

Lay Pastoral Assistants offer care and listening support to members of the congregation and the community who may be unwell, lonely, bereaved, or going through troubled times. This is either by a home visit or on the telephone.

Some of our Lay Pastoral Assistants also have an area of special interest, such as supporting residents in care homes, visiting people in hospital, working with children or young people, in schools, or supporting christening families in their journey of faith. Some are also part of our home communion team. 

Lay Pastoral Assistants work under the supervision of Rev Chris. They have taken part in a training course and have been commissioned at a special service.


Organist Sue Elsworth

Organist Sue's 60 year celebration video

Sue, Organist

Join in the celebration and watch our short video as Sue recounts her time playing the All Saints’ church organ.

We would all like to send Sue a massive thank you for all her support over the years and we can’t wait to hear her play every Sunday!

Celebrating 60 years!

 


Website co-ordinator

The Webmaster is responsible for ensuring the Benefice’s 3 sites display relevant information, helpful links, details of community news, events and services as well as complying with our GDPR Policy and good internet practice.   

Sabina, Webmaster

Sabina, Webmaster

Hi I am Sabina and I moved to the village in 2015 and joined the All Saints Community Group. Over the years I have taken part in many fundraising events.

I enjoy computer design and in 2017 was asked to become Webmaster for the 3 Benefice websites. Since then there have been many changes especially the development of virtual and recorded services, which I have also enjoyed exploring.

I feel very passionate about providing the community with opportunities to get together and how invaluable a website’s role is.