Meet the Team
Getting to know you…
Reverend Christine Judson the Vicar of The Huntspills & Mark
In ‘normal’ times, settling into a new parish would involve quite a few chats over cups of tea. That is a bit difficult at the moment – so I hope this article will help a little, and may I recommend a cup of tea to go with it? I’ve been told that in ‘The Huntspills & Mark’ our children are really important, so I contacted our primary schools and asked what questions they would like to ask their new vicar. What follows is my attempt to answer those questions….
My name is Revd. Christine Judson, though ‘Rev Chris’ is a little easier, and ‘Chris’ is just fine. I’ve been a vicar for ten years, all of it in Portishead (just south of Bristol) and I really do like being a vicar. Before this I was a secondary school teacher of science (particularly physics) and maths. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, especially when I could bring together different aspects like making (and eating) Baked Alaska to show the insulating properties of air(!). I became a vicar because I felt that God was calling me to do that, and so did other people – this was tested quite rigorously before I was accepted for training. In many ways it feels as though being a vicar makes sense of who I am, what I’ve done and experienced so far and who I am becoming. That said, I believe that being a vicar is more about depending on God than on myself.
I was born in the month of February, in a little village near Leicester, many years ago. My favourite colour is blue and my favourite animal is the penguin. I don’t currently have any pets, but I have had all sorts in the past – including a goat called Muttley. My favourite type of cake is Devil’s Food cake (a rich, moist chocolate cake, with coffee fudge icing), though I do try to eat a healthy and varied diet, without too much cake. Although I do not have any children of my own, I am richly blessed in my God-daughter, who is like a daughter to me. I enjoy travelling, and through school trips and holidays I have been to the following countries: England (though I guess that doesn’t count), Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Tenerife, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
As a vicar I generally get up out of bed at about 7am. My life can vary a lot. I like the security of a routine, but I also need to be flexible – so if I have been working extremely late the night before, I sometimes have a lie-in to recover. I don’t have a uniform as such, but there are some things that identify my role – especially the clerical collar (white band at the front of my neck, informally referred to as a dog-collar). When I am leading a service I often wear special robes and it is always an honour to do this.
One of the joys of being a vicar is marrying people. Meeting couples, supporting them as they approach their wedding day, conducting their marriage service and being there for them in the future is a real delight. I am very much looking forward to doing that for couples in Mark, East Huntspill & West Huntspill Churches, whether or not they usually attend church. The church is there for all!
I’m not sure what my favourite Bible story is. I think it changes over time, though I am very fond of the parable that Jesus told of the lost sheep, where the shepherd leaves the 99 to search for the 1. As with so many of the parables, it seems to make no sense, so we have to dig deep to mine its depths. I like both the New Testament and the Old Testament – together they form a magnificent library of books with so much to explore that I will always be learning. Just like many others, I have been doing a lot of home-learning recently – via webinars as well as from books and the internet.
At the moment I still live in Portishead, but I am looking forward to moving into The Rectory, a house near the Church of St Peter & All Hallows in West Huntspill. The delay in my moving has been caused by a sensible and compassionate change in tenancy law brought about by our Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, and his government to protect people from becoming homeless during the pandemic. We have had to make a lot of adjustments over the past year, haven’t we? I’m not scared of the virus, but I am wary of it – I’d rather not get it and really do not want to be responsible for spreading it.
I’d like to thank the children and staff of our primary schools for their questions. I hope my answers have helped you to start to get to know me. I am really looking forward to getting to know the people of The Huntspills & Mark – do feel free to contact me. I know there will be a lot for me to learn about, including the various school ‘House Points’ systems. Please be patient with me!
With God’s blessings,
The Parish Administrator assists in the smooth running of all the Churches in the Benefice and co-ordinates the life of the 3 Parishes, working with the Rector, all the Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils. The Parish Administrator is the first point of contact for Baptisms and Weddings, arranging suitable dates.
Hi I am Sara and I have lived in East Huntspill since 1988, having grown up in Mark. I am married to Chris, a dairy farmer and have 2 grown up children who both live locally. I joined East Huntspill PCC in 1999 as Secretary and became Churchwarden in 2019. Over the years many other posts have been added: – Safeguarding Officer, Electoral Roll Officer, Health & Safety & Data Protection Officer. In November 2017 I took on the role Of Parish Administrator for The Benefice of the Huntspills and Mark.
The village, the community and rural life are very important to me.
The office of Churchwarden is a vital and ancient part of the Church of England. Churchwardens have served the Church since its beginnings and are directly responsible to the Bishop. Churchwardens are lay officers who look after the affairs of the church, and who, are the legal representative of the Parish. Churchwardens liaise with the Archdeacon over matters to do with church life, governance, buildings and worship. Churchwardens are elected annually by the members of each Church.
Lay Worship Assistants
Lay Worship Assistants contribute to the life of the church and their community by leading services. They might lead Morning and Evening Prayer, alternative non-Communion forms of worship, and assist clergy to lead Communion services.
Lay Worship Assistants are increasing the flexibility of worship within our churches. They improve the range and number of services that can be offered. They ensure that people can worship regularly in their own communities.
Lay Worship Assistants fulfil this role under the guidance of Rev Chris.
Hi I am Jill and I have been a Lay Worship Assistant for the several years and enjoy all Services. I arrange the @3 Family Service once a month and take the Morning Worship Services occasionally.
Hi I am Pat and I have been a Lay Worship Assistant for about several years. I am involved in producing the family service and morning worship each month. I enjoy interacting with other people. Planning and delivering a service is helped by my background in teaching.
Lay Pastoral Assistants
Lay Pastoral Assistants offer care and listening support to members of the congregation and the community who may be unwell, lonely, bereaved, or going through troubled times. This is either by a home visit or on the telephone.
Some of our Lay Pastoral Assistants also have an area of special interest, such as supporting residents in care homes, visiting people in hospital, working with children or young people, in schools, or supporting christening families in their journey of faith. Some are also part of our home communion team.
Lay Pastoral Assistants work under the supervision of Rev Chris. They have taken part in a training course and have been commissioned at a special service.
The Webmaster is responsible for ensuring the Benefice’s 3 sites display relevant information, helpful links, details of community news, events and services as well as complying with our GDPR Policy and good internet practice.
Hi I am Sabina and I moved to the village in 2015 and joined the All Saints Community Group. Over the years I have taken part in many fundraising events.
I enjoy computer design and in 2017 was asked to become Webmaster for the 3 Benefice websites. Since then there have been many changes especially the development of virtual and recorded services, which I have also enjoyed exploring.
I feel very passionate about providing the community with opportunities to get together and how invaluable a website’s role is.