All Saints

Marlow

Welcome to the church by the bridge

Welcome to the church by the Bridge which for nearly two centuries has been the iconic image of Marlow. In its central location, the church is not just at the heart of Marlow geographically, but also spiritually. To see a little bit more about what goes on in Marlow, view our latest news sheets by clicking on the links below:

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New to the Church?

Whether you’re visiting Marlow and just passing through, or you live in Marlow and are looking to find a new church, perhaps you are just starting to explore the Christian faith, we want you to feel welcome in All Saints Marlow and come to think of it as home. You will find plenty of information on this website about the church, what we believe and what we do, but if you want to find out more then we’re always happy to talk.

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How to find us

All Saints Church is located at the very bottom of the High Street in Marlow on the banks of the River Thames, just before you get to Marlow Bridge.

The All Saints Marlow Team

Revd Dave Bull

Team Rector: Revd Dave Bull

dave.bull@4u-team.org

Dave is married to Helen and they have three young children. He has lived in Worcester, Oxford, London and Reigate.

Until the age of 23 Dave rarely darkened the doors of a church, but came to faith on an Alpha course in London. He worked for Unilever, a charity in South West London and a large London church before training for ordination. He loves mountain biking, building Lego with his children and sailing.

PA to Team Rector: Harriet Miles

harriet.miles@4u-team.org

Harriet works part time as a Personal Assistant to Dave Bull, both in his role as Team Rector and Area Dean. She lives and works on a farm in Marlow with her husband, Chris. She enjoys training horses and riders, and doing dog agility with her Wire Haired Fox Terrier.

Team Vicar: Revd Gabrielle Smith

gabrielle.smith@4u-team.org

Gabrielle was involved in music and education before ordination. She works throughout the Parish but with a particular focus on pastoral ministry – including bereavement support – and on the Church’s healing ministry.

Churchwarden: Julie Purves

Julie.Purves@b2m-solutions.com

Julie has been a member of the All Saints’ congregation for about 10 years now, including several years as a member of the Church Council. She has been particularly involved in the Youth Project, which has been a partnership between the Anglican and Methodist churches in Marlow. She very much buys into the proposed changes in the way the church is led, which includes sharing the leadership across different roles and responsibilities. This enables each of us to offer our particular gifts and she hopes her experience in strategic planning and delivery can be used in the service of All Saints.

Churchwarden: Ruth Frost

ruthfrost@ymail.com

Ruth moved to Marlow in September 2015 after living for many years abroad in France and the US. She is a business analyst for an international IT company. She has always been very active in church life wherever she has lived. At All Saints, she is a member of the worship band, leads the young adults group, and is advocate for outreach and mission work. She is keen runner and cyclist and belongs to a local amateur dramatics society.

Operations Manager: Liz Kendall-Jones

liz.kendall-jones@4u-team.org

Liz first started attending All Saints just over three years ago after attending the Alpha Course in the Autumn of 2013. She recently moved to Marlow after living in Littlewick Green for 22 years, so not unfamiliar with Marlow and its delights. Liz is single with no children but lots of great friends and relatives. Recently she took on the role of Operations Manager at All Saints and is really enjoying being involved with the church as well as being the main point of contact for Compassion and the sponsorship programme. She has recently finished work and now spends her time at the gym, visiting friends and family, going to the cinema and theatre, reading and generally enjoying life.

Worship and Creative Prayer Leader: Gill Taylor

gill.taylor@4u-team.org

Gill is married to Paul, and they have two sons – Joel and Nathan. They moved to Marlow as a family at the start of 2016. Gill is passionate about helping people encounter God through worship and prayer, and loves to point people towards Jesus. She loves seeing people grow into the people God has called them to be. Gill enjoys trying to keep up with the rest of her family in the great outdoors, but can more often be found catching up with friends over a cup of tea.

Children's Discipleship Leader: Anna Clarke

anna.clarke@4u-team.org

Anna grew up in Kidderminster with two brothers and two sisters. At the age of 18 she went away to study French and German at Durham University. After graduating in 2013 Anna spent 12 months volunteering with The Smiles Foundation – a Christian charity based in Romania. Here she discovered her passion for working with children and bringing them to know Christ. Aside from involvement in Christian groups, Anna loves travelling and has lived for extended periods of time in Germany, France, Romania and Spain. She enjoys listening to music, playing guitar and singing (though usually only in the presence of inanimate objects) and also loves musical theatre! She also enjoys getting creative and making handmade cards. She is excited to finally feel that she is following her calling and to be doing so in a supportive community where God is evidently at work.

Youth Leader: Helen Godwin

helen.godwin@4u-team.org

Helen did her degree in Youth Work after spending a year volunteering in Burundi. She has worked in a number of different settings, running an after school club, working with young people with learning disabilities as well as two previous church youth leader roles. She went into youth work because young people are wonderful and she loves to see youth grow in the knowledge that they are loved and rescued by an amazing God. She is also passionate for those who feel excluded to be included and grow in confidence. In her spare time Helen loves to eat cake! bake, cook, chill with friends, hang out with her boys and read.

Intern: Sophie Wood

sophie.wood@4u-team.org

Sophie moved to Marlow at the end of September 2017 and is taking part in the New Wine Discipleship year as a Children’s intern at All Saints Marlow, working closely with Anna, the children’s worker. Sophie enjoys helping out at the various children’s groups we run as a team, and organising various files in colour order. She loves to play guitar, piano and ukulele as well as sing, however when she is not playing or listening to music she enjoys doing all sorts of art.

Team Mascot: All Saints Bunny

All Saints Bunny is a valued member of the staff team. He assists Dave and Anna regularly with collective worship at Sandygate Infant school where he is very much loved by all the pupils. On occasion he assists with the monthly all age services in church – something he particularly enjoys doing when his friends, the children of Sandygate, come to help lead the service too. He can often be found consoling small children with bumps or grazes, or overseeing activities from his favourite armchair in the crèche.

Director of Music: Martin Seymour

directorofmusic@4u-team.org

Martin is a choral specialist based in the Marlow area. He is a singing teacher of many years experience and was invited to work with the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir in S Africa in 2012. He is a member of the national council for ABCD and tutor on their Initial Choral Conducting courses. Martin has been at All Saints Marlow for over three years and he has grown the choirs in depth and quality since his arrival. He is planning the choir’s next tour to Budapest at the moment.

Assistant Director of Music: Rhidian Jones

rhidian.jones@outlook.com

Rhidian Jones hails from Aberdare in South Wales where he attended school and learnt the piano and organ. He read music at the University of Oxford and taught the subject for some years in various schools. He then became a local government officer, acquiring legal qualifications on the way. He was an associate tutor in music for the Open University for twenty years. He is married to Sally, and they live in Maidenhead, where he was an education officer for the local authority. He is now semi-retired, and catching up on his organ practice.

History

Though there was a church in Marlow as early as 1070, the present Church of All Saints is a Victorian creation, built after the spire of the old church collapsed in 1831. The old building was demolished, and a new church constructed of Bath stone, topped by a graceful spire soaring 170 above the town. The combination of spire and bridge form one of the most unforgettable Thames sights.