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.

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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.

Curate: Revd Roland Slade

roland.slade@4u-team.org

Roland initially studied Biochemistry at Southampton University, and then worked for the Church Mission Society before training for ordination in Cambridge. He joined the 4U team in 2017 and works across the four churches, but is mainly based at All Saints Marlow. Roland is also a governor at Marlow Infant School, and in his spare time he enjoys running, watching rugby and playing the piano and violin.

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: Paul Taylor

paul.taylor@4u-team.org

Paul moved to Marlow in 2016 with his wife, Gill, and two sons. He works for a local University helping to improve its environmental performance and he heads-up the EcoChurch group within All Saints Marlow. He enjoys running, orienteering and maps!

Director of Music: James Grimwood

james.grimwood@4u-team.org

James read Music at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, during which time he held an organ scholarship at the College and was Director of Music at Fisher House. After graduating, he remained at the College as Graduate Senior Organ Scholar. James has given recitals in Europe, the USA and Asia, and previously held organ scholarships at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami, and St Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church, Rome. He has volunteered with the Mission to Seafarers in Hong Kong and completed a placement at St John’s Cathedral based at the daughter church of St Stephen’s Chapel, Stanley. James is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) and enjoys an occasional match of Rugby Fives!

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 and Youth Leader: Matt Clark

matthew.clark@4u-team.org

Matt moved to Marlow in 2018 as part of the New Wine Discipleship Year and has is now our Children and Youth Leader. Matt works closely with our local schools, runs activities and 121 sessions with 0-18 year olds to introduce and grow young people’s faith in God. Matt has previously managed cocktail bars in Soho before being called by God to invest in the next generation of the church. Matt loves games, especially table football, and can be found watching rugby or tinkering with his motorbike when not at work.

New Wine Discipleship Year Intern: Becca Schmeer

becca.schmeer@4u-team.org

Becca is the New Wine Discipleship Year Intern at All Saints Marlow. She is particularly involved with the worship and youth areas of ministry. Before moving to Marlow, she studied A levels in Reading where her family live with their dog Toffee. In her spare time, Becca enjoys painting, playing video games and doing lots of different musical activities such as singing, playing the guitar and writing her own music.

Team Mascot: All Saints Bunny

All Saints Bunny is a valued member of the staff team. He regularly assists Dave and the children’s work team 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.

Assistant Director of Music: Rhidian Jones

rhidian.jones@4u-team.org

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.