Revd. Stephen Everard: Stephen joined the team in 2016. Here is how he summarises his role in the team:
I have been Assistant Curate in the Benefice since my ordination in June 2016. Aged 65, I am a self-supporting minister (SSM) who also works nearly full time as a social worker and team manager in St Barnabas Hospice, Worthing. I am married to Jane, a special needs coordinator in a Primary School who is also training to be a counsellor. We have a daughter, Naomi, who is about to start a Childhood Studies course at Bristol University.
My role within the church during my curacy has mostly been on Sundays, leading services and preaching, although I have led a small group looking at “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and also been involved in the “Hope in Action” outreach project to the local community.
My wife and I are currently seeking God’s will for our futures, but have committed ourselves to remain in the Benefice for a year of the Interregnum.”
- Lead and preach – with a particular responsibility for the reflective service at St Stephen’s and Morning Praise at Hunston
- Devise rota for servers, intercessors, and readers
- Act as server, intercessor or reader
- Lead the monthly prayer meeting at St Stephen’s
- Pastoral visiting including Home Communion
- Organiser for Pastoral Visiting Team (though most visiting takes place informally and the concept of a team has been slow to happen)
- Write the monthly Prayer Diary for CONNECT – our monthly magazine for the Benefice
- Resource material and lead Advent and Lent study groups
I have recently completed the training to enable me to conduct funerals.
Local Mission Worker: Alistair Ghinn
Alistair Ghinn has been appointed to work in our Benefice as a Local Mission Worker from September 2015. Alistair will be working with us for 18 hours a week and the PCC has committed itself to funding Alistair for the next two years. He will predominantly be involved in work with our children and youth but also in other aspects of church life too. Alistair is well known to many of us through the ‘Redlands’ summer camps and we are really delighted to have him join us.
As a church we are committed to:
- Providing a safe, caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Protecting their rights
- Protecting them from harm
Our parish takes safeguarding very seriously and has adopted the following policies and guidance:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Allegations – Management Policy & Guidance
- Parish E-Safety Policy
- Raising Concerns & Whistleblowing Policy/Guidance
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is Kate Freeman. The Assistant Safeguarding Officer is Rachel Russell-Wells. They may be contacted via email@example.com
Any concerns regarding the welfare and safety of any child, young person or vulnerable adult must be reported as soon as possible to Kate or Rachel who are nominated by the church council to act on its behalf. Under no circumstances should a church worker or volunteer or member of the public carry out their own investigations into the allegation or suspicion of abuse.
The following website links also provide further advice and information for children, parents and adults to help keep themselves safe: