Like all Christian churches, ours is first and foremost a gathering of people united in our desire to worship God, and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through all that we do and say.
You will be most welcome to join us in worship, or simply come to visit our lovely Church building, which is kept open every day between 9am and 5pm.
Appointment of our new Rector!
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Rector, the Rev’d David Coleman. David will be joining us as Rector of St Mary’s West Chiltington and he and his wife Rosemary, a primary school teacher in Smallfield, East Surrey, hope to move to the area in early March 2018. David and Rosemary have been married for 33 years and they have two grown up children: Claire, an officer with the Metropolitan Police , and Helena, who is studying for a clinical doctorate in psychology at Lancaster University.
David currently works in the chaplaincy team at East Surrey Hospital and has served in ordained ministry at Christ Church, South Nutfield, the Horley Team Ministry and, during his theological studies at St Mellitus College , in Church Army’s South Greenwich Centre of Mission and St James Church, Kidbrooke in South East London.
David has served on the Boards of the Christian Enquiry Agency, Hope Info, Inspire Magazine, the International Association of Sports Information and the Library Association. David was also a Local Authority nominated school governor in Eltham for many years.
Originally from Sheffield, David describes himself as ‘a recovering Yorkshireman’ having now spent the majority of his adult life in the South-East. David is a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic football clubs. He has previously worked in charity communications, Government relations and communications for Sport England after a career in FE learning support and information management. David’s passions are family, community, people, sport, reading, history and heritage, politics, natural history, education, the Globe and National Theatres, the work of van Gogh, museums, galleries, comedy, musical theatre, film, the music of Stephen Sondheim, Puccini and Britten opera, laughter, lively discussion, prog rock and explaining to his family why the England national football team has underperformed in every tournament since 1966.
David adds, ‘I am really looking forward to getting to know the people and community of West Chiltington, both inside St Mary’s and out, and to do my best to communicate and live out an understanding of a God who believes in us and wants us to live life to the full!’
Rosemary says, ‘ It’s wonderful to think we’re going to be part of a church that has had its roots in village life for over 900 years and yet is always looking to offer something new.I’ve already enjoyed the lovely singing and music at the Advent carol service, and admired the talent of the local school children with their beautiful Christmas angels which helped the ancient building come alive with artistic creativity.’