Who We Are
Our Rector and Priest-in-charge is Revd. Kate Lovesey.
Kate joined us in May 2019, before which she was our Interim Minister during an interregnum. Her ministry was shared with St Peter's Church, Aldborough Hatch, IG2 7QH, where Kate had been their Priest-in charge for over six years.
Kate is now the Rector of the Aldborough Benefice ( St John's and St Peter's).
Kate is pictured here with Rt. Revd. Peter Hill our former Bishop of Barking.
Usually Kate can be contacted on
020 8599 5413
Sorry, due to illness she is currently unavailable.
Our two wardens are long-standing members of the congregation who work with our vicar with the daily running of St John's. Their responsibilities are wide and varied and can be contacted via the church office: 020 8598 1536 Please see Bob's message below.
Parochial Church Council: Revd. Kate Lovesey, our church wardens, Tony Wright (treasurer), Charity Anyika, Jim Gough, Keziah Jimoh (Licensed Lay Minister), Janet Keenan, Tony Small, David Wynne-Fitzgerald, Diane Wynne-Fitzgerald.
This group of church members were elected at our Annual Church Meeting and serve for a term of three years. They meet regularly to discuss matters around the church; its maintenance and witness.
Administrator: Maureen Patterson
Former Monthly Magazine (Pilgrimage) Editor: Lester Amann
Following the arrival of Covid, this printed publication was discontinued from April 2020.
It was replaced by an on-line digital news-sheet called The Aldborough edited by our Rector, Revd. Kate Lovesey. To receive a former edition, please contact her. (020 8599 5413). NB. Sorry, current editions, are not available
Keziah Jimoh was licensed at Chelmsford Cathedral, as our Lay Leader on 10th October 2020.
New beginnings: A Message from Bob Keenan, Church Warden.
Many of you will have heard the old saying about the lady who owned the same broom for thirty years and, in that time, it had only had three new heads and four new handles. So, is it the same broom?
This came to me once when we were on a guided tour of HMS Victory in Portsmouth Royal Dockyard, and the Guide told us that not one single piece of wood, or nail existed from the ship that fought at Trafalgar. She had been re-fitted twice whilst in service and, since becoming a tourist attraction, had been the subject of many renovation projects. The result is that what we see now is not, in fact, the original Victory.
And then, back in the nineties, Volkswagen launched its latest version of the Golf model. They realised that this model did not have one single item that could be found in the first version released decades before. Their advertising slogan was: “The new Golf - still the car it always was, but not the car it used to be”.
Churches are like that. Congregations and church-manship gradually change, and so do the church buildings themselves. But the essence of the ongoing mission remains and incoming folk absorb the history of the church via its people. St Peter’s and St John’s are about to embark on a new and, I believe, positive change.
We are now a Benefice with one incumbent and one parsonage. But we remain individual churches and individual parishes within the new Benefice. Still the churches we always were, but not the churches we used to be.