THE WORSHIP TEAM AT HOLY TRINITY
Rev. Jim McKinney, the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Roehampton writes:
I have been Vicar of Holy Trinity for almost twenty two years. Saying that, no two days have been the same. Roehampton is a huge bustling, vibrant and diverse community. Back in 1996, when I came, the vast majority of residents were working-class and middle-class English, most of whom had moved here during the nineteen fifties from the bomb ravaged East End and inner boroughs of London. Over the last twenty years these original residents have given way to groups of in-comers from around the world: Eastern Europeans, Somalis, South Americans, Nigerians, Caribbeans, South Asians and South Africans. In our Church School there are over thirty five different languages spoken by the children.
I began my ministry forty years ago in South Yorkshire, living through the miners’ strike and the social upheavals there. After nine years, my life took a very different course when I moved to the old Police Staff College at Bramshill in Hampshire. This was the Police’s then management school. My work was both as the chaplain and as a lecturer. It was whilst at Bramshill that I married Sue, and our children, Ruth and Alex, were born. I spent six happy years there, but I was aching to get back to parish life. In 1992, I went to Cumbria as vicar of four urban parishes which served the nuclear power plant at Sellafield. Then in 1996 I came down here to Roehampton.
At Holy Trinity, we are fortunate in having a diverse worship team who preach and celebrate alongside the Vicar, Jim McKinney:
REV. DANIEL ESHUN
Daniel is an Anglican Chaplain and Lecturer in Theology and Ministerial Studies at Whitelands College, University of Roehampton. Daniel researches on anthropological, sociological and theological analysis of liturgy, mission, evangelism and nurture in African Churches (Catholic and Protestant), and the interaction between African Traditional Religions, Catholicism, Islam, Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements.
REV. DR MARK GARNER
Rev. Dr. Mark Garner is Head of Whitelands College at the University of Roehampton and has research interests in the social and educational impacts of high-stakes standardised language tests and operational and emergency communication.
REV. PROFESSOR JUNE BOYCE-TILLMAN
The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE attended Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she read Music. June then went on to teach in London in both primary and secondary schools, as part of her work with the Inner London Education Authority’s Centre for Young Musicians. After her pioneering work, which introduced activities where children could compose their own music in the classroom, June completed her PhD at the Institute of Education Towards a Model of the Musical Development of Children.
M Woodroffe writes: I have been preaching as a Reader at Holy Trinity, and as Local Preacher in Methodist Circuit, since 2006. Also working, part time, in Hospital Chaplaincy team and as chaplain of Mental health facility. Day Chaplain at Southwark cathedral.
REV. GEOFFREY FARRAR
Rev’d Geoffrey Farrar is minister of Putney Methodist church, and the nearby Methodist churches at Barnes and Roehampton, all part of the Richmond & Hounslow Circuit and previously served in Watford and Bushey in the West Hertfordshire & Borders Circuit of the Methodist Church. Geoffrey trained at Wesley House in Cambridge and was ordained in 2012. Before this he was a civil servant, working at the House of Commons, and an English teacher in Poland and China. He entered into a civil partnership in 2011, and both he and his partner are really enjoying getting to know Putney.
Administrative and Finance Officer
My real name is Sunhild, but because it is very difficult for English people to pronounce, I use the name Sunny. I started as the new Finance and Parish Administrator for Holy Trinity Church on Monday 14th May, 2018 and I work normally Monday to Friday from 10.00 am till 2.00 pm. I am an Austrian National but have lived for the last 30 years in London and before that in different areas of West Germany. I usually worship twice a month at the German Protestant Church in Forest Hill / Sydenham. The church is named after Dietrich Bonhoeffer and is a united congregation, mixing Lutheran and Reformed traditions. I am a member of their PCC and hold a number of positions in the church. As we are self-financing, this work is all voluntary. Before I started at Holy Trinity, I was the Parish Administrator at St. Mary’s Church Battersea for seven and a half years until I was made redundant in February 2018, although I continued to help out until May. Previously I worked in the IT department of an upmarket clothing company, but in 2008 the European IT department was moved back to Hong Kong and this made my job redundant.
I am extremely grateful to Revd Jim McKinney, Mrs Ann O’Sullivan, Mrs Pam Harris, Miss Elly Horne, Dr John Moxon and Mr Tom Kemoh for helping me settle in. I would be very happy if any of you would like to visit me in my office (in the vestry).
Sunday School Leader
Over the last three years we have developed a very successful Sunday School under the inspirational leadership of Lam Khawm. Lam is a Christian from Myanmar (formerly Burma). She studied Ministerial Theology at the University of Roehampton. She came to us as a placement student four years ago, and has never left! The children warmed to her immediately and they are very enthusiastic about coming to church now. Indeed Lam has encouraged one or two of the mums in helping with the Sunday School sessions, and they enjoy their time as much as the children.
Lam writes… “Children are very welcome at Holy Trinity Roehampton and we believe that the children play an incredibly important part for the church and the country. That’s why we put so much effort into all that we do involving children. We are working together with the parents to support the children’s spiritual improvement.
The sessions are particularly designed for each age group and include a range of activities, from singing and games through the related bible teaching.
Proverbs 22:6 ‘start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’
Isaiah 54:13 ‘All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.’
- Encounter Jesus & explore faith
- Create a secure and safe life and world
- Be reliable and feel responsibility towards the people, church, country
We practice this through worship, prayer, songs, activities and bible stories, with the help of the Holy Spirit and lots of fun!”
And to find out more about those who also help and serve Holy Trinity as members of the Parochial and Joint Church Council, CLICK HERE.