We have lived in the village of Hinton Charterhouse for just over 20 years and I have been the Church Warden of St. John’s for the past four and a half years. Despite being married to a clergyman in the Church of England for over 40 years, I have been amazed at what a Church Warden has to do both on the legal, admin and spiritual side. It has been a steep learning curve which I am still climbing! But, although hard work, it has been immensely rewarding as well as challenging. I was also on the interview panel for the appointment of our new Rector and it is a delight to see him starting new initiatives and moving the three churches forward with the backing of the PCC – particularly in establishing the new role of a Children and Families’ Worker which is close to my heart. We have two sons and two young grandchildren and a large black Labrador. If you see someone walking around in the village with a dog nearly as big as them, then come and say hello as it is likely to be me!
St. John’s is a beautiful church in a conservation area and parts of the church date from the 13thand 14th centuries. Until about four years ago the worship was fairly formal but we are now experimenting with different forms of worship and along with a monthly service of Holy Communion we have less formal Morning Worship service and plan to start a Café Church in the Memorial Hall in the village in the Autumn.
The church is in good condition and we are presently gaining the required permission to install a flushing toilet which will make the church much more user friendly. St. John’s, along with St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s, are part of the Bath Deanery in the Bath and Wells Diocese. The vision of the Diocese and the Deanery is to grow disciples – both personally and numerically.