St John the Evangelist Church, Woodley facts for kids
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|St John the Evangelist, Woodley|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade II|
|Designated||26 January 1967|
|Parish||Woodley, St John the Evangelist|
|Archdeaconry||Archdeaconry of Berkshire|
|Diocese||Anglican Diocese of Oxford|
|Vicar(s)||Rev. Edilberto (Eddie) Márquez-Picón|
|Parish administrator||Gillian Pullen|
The church was built by Robert Palmer in 1873. In 1987 an extension was added to the south-east wall. Adjacent to the church is the St John's Centre, a Grade II listed building which was formerly a Church of England school but is now used as the church hall and office. Across the road from the church is the Rectory, though the present incumbent chooses to live elsewhere in the parish.
|Rev. Edilberto (Eddie) Marquez||2008||Priest-in-Charge/Vicar|
|Rev. Jon Honour||2006||Acting Priest-in-Charge|
|Rev. Ann Douglas||2002||Team Rector|
|Rev. Fred Woods||1995||Team Rector|
|Rev. Ian Watson||1989||Vicar/Team Rector|
|Rev. John Congdon||1983||Vicar|
|Rev. John Eastgate||1974||Vicar|
|Rev. H. W. H. Wilkinson||1948||Vicar|
|Rev. K.F. Way||1945||Vicar|
|Rev. W. H. Trebble||1940||Vicar|
|Rev. Cyril Donne||1930||Vicar|
|Rev. Philip Gray||1925||Vicar|
|Rev. Frederick F. Penruddock||1913||Vicar|
|Rev. Ernest Angel Gray||1881||Vicar|
Parish of Woodley
Originally part of the Parish of Sonning, Woodley became its own Parish in 1881. In the 1960s St James' Church, Woodley was planted and came under the authority of St John's Church, being led by a curate until 1992.
While Ian Watson was Vicar, St John's Church planted Emmanuel Church, Woodley in 1991 by employing a Church Army couple called Richard & Mandy Priestley.
The following year, 1992, saw the one parish of Woodley become two parishes within a Team Ministry. The Parish of St John the Evangelist contained St John's Church and Emmanuel Church, whilst the new Parish of Southlake contained St James Church with the curate at the time, Rev. Paul Roberts becoming a Team Vicar. The Team Rector based at St John the Evangelist Church led the team of clergy for both parishes.
Following the controversial departure of the Rev. Ann Douglas in 2006, the Benefice of Woodley was suspended in order that the future of the Team Ministry could be reviewed. During the interregnum the Rev. Jon Honour, Team Vicar at Emmanuel Church, was appointed Acting Priest-in-Charge of St John's Church, assisted by the then curate, the Rev. Jason Reid. In 2007, the PCCs of St Johns and St James independently voted to dissolve the Team Ministry and establish a Group Ministry in its place. The benefice currently remains suspended pending the completion of the necessary formal arrangements to effect this change.
Interviews were held in October 2007 for a Priest in Charge for St John's Church, and the Rev. Marquez was licensed in March 2008.
All four Anglican Churches in Woodley are part of Churches Together in Woodley.
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