Future plans For
St John's and
Holy trinity SE20
We want to announce an exciting, new and unique situation in our church and local area.
St John’s, Penge currently has a vacancy for a new vicar. At the same time, Nick Read, the vicar at Holy Trinity SE20 in Lennard Road, is approaching retirement. These two churches are within a few hundred yards of each other and will be going through change at the same time. Holy Trinity and St John’s are similar in style, approach and priorities, with committed congregations dedicated to serving God through social outreach within, and for, the local area as part of their worship. They also face comparable challenges in relation to this service, both in terms of people power and of finances.
Given the proximity of the two churches to one another, the two vacancies, and their resemblance in size, income and outlook, we plan to merge St John’s and Holy Trinity into one church to benefit us all, to consolidate our resources and to enable us to better serve God and our community together. We see this as embracing a fuller, more powerful version of our existing identities.
The merger will involve appointing one vicar but retaining both church buildings; having one church family but retaining both heritages; having one voice but carried and influenced by all of our members. We will have one vision that is shaped by us all, as we seek God’s will together.
As we have been considering this new phase in our church’s life, we are reminded of God’s words to the people of Israel:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
Our vicar, Rev Nigel Poole, retired from Parish ministry at the end of August 2019. He will be greatly missed and we thank him for the tremendous work he has completed during his time with us and we wish him all the best with whatever he decides to do next.
With Nigel's retirement, we as a church move into a phase known as an Interregnum. This is the time when we consider the needs of the church moving forward, and start the process of looking for and appointing the right person to become our new Vicar. This process will take some time. It is usual for an interregnum to last for 6 to 9 months — it can be a little less but can also be longer. In the meantime, we will continue with our services and activities as usual, and will have local clergy visiting to lead our Holy Communion services.
When there is any information or further news, we will update this page. In the meantime, the best way of contacting St John's for church enquiries is to use our Contacts page (Please tap or click here)