Christ Church


We have a strong community, enabling us to maintain Christ Church as a Christian home for all who need us

TonyOur Vicar is the Reverend Tony Berry, who lives in Abinger Common, our sister parish on the other side of Leith Hill.

Tony leads the Parochial Church Council, the PCC, which manages the life of Christ Church as a Christian community as well as caring for the fabric and finances of the Church, its churchyard and the John Venus Hall.

Hilary SwiftHilary Swift, the Benefice's Local Lay Minister, assists Tony by leading services and small groups (Bible Study, Confirmation preparation and the like), preaching and pastoral work.  

Hilary has a Higher Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission, and works for Compassion UK, a Christian charity.

Three key members on the PCC are our two Churchwardens, Anthony Simpson and Mary Hustings , together with Martin Neve, our Treasurer.

The  other members of the PCC are Kerry Day, Helen Potter, Martin Richards, John Roberts and Helen Simkins.

Helen Potter is our Electoral Roll Officer as well as looking after Gift Aid on donations to our funds.

Martin Richards is responsible for this website.

Helen Simkins is our Safeguarding Officer.

Sally McCance, the Parish (Abinger plus  Coldharbour ) Secretary, is also secretary to our PCC.

Ed Sutton plays the organ once used by Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as being our choirmaster.

Debby Chapman, leader of the Village Band,  plays the piano for our All Ages Plus services, often accompanied by young village musicians.

Patsy Simpson and Trish Syms organise Church flowers.

Jenny Richards is the sacristan - looking after alter vestments.

Graham Mytton prepares the Coldharbour inputs to the Parish News, which we share with St James Abinger and is edited in Abinger by Liz Hamilton and Jenny Parker.

Sue Neve manages Church cleaning.

Su Jones manages bookings for the John Venus Hall, as well as its cleaning.