New vicar for St George’s Westcombe Park
The Bishop of Southwark is pleased to announce that The Reverend Laura Faturoti, assistant curate at Christ Church, Dartford, has been appointed as a Team Vicar in the East Greenwich Team Ministry, with particular responsibility for St George’s, Westcombe Park. Subject to the satisfactory completion of the preliminary procedures, Laura will be licensed to the East Greenwich Team Ministry on Tuesday 14th September.
Message from Laura:
It is an absolute delight to be joining the parish of East Greenwich and the community in the district of St George’s. I am so excited to be moving back to an area that, in many ways, feels like a familiar home. My husband, Ebun, was brought up in the area, it is where we met and married, and his father still lives in the parish. When we moved away 16 years ago someone gave us a poster, which has moved to various houses with us, which reads “All roads lead to Greenwich”. It would seem that that poster was in fact prophetic! There is so much good work already going on at St George’s and in the wider parish and I am excited to get involved in this and see how we can build on it for the future.
When we left to move to Kent I was working for the probation service, which I did for nearly 17 years, a vocation that I loved as it allowed me to engage with people in the reality of life, to enable them to make positive changes and to discover their potential. That is still a passion of mine and I look forward to getting to know the church and wider community and being real about where God is working and our hopes and dreams, and to work together to achieve them as we seek to get to know God better and to serve him.
In 2016, we moved again, now with two children, to the other side of the country to enable me to train for ordination for two years at Trinity College Bristol, before moving back again (now with a third child as well!) for me to serve my curacy at Christ Church in Dartford, where we have been for three years. Ebun, Lucas (14), Ellie (12), Levi (4) and I are really looking forward to joining you and meeting you all.
St George’s is the Church of England parish church serving Westcombe Park and Charlton slopes in the parish of East Greenwich. We are a growing and vibrant expression of church which welcomes and includes people from many different backgrounds and experiences, creating a congregation rich in diversity which reflects our local community.
At the moment, our worship is a bit different from normal because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have an in-person service in the church at 9.30am and an online service at 11am which is broadcast on Facebook Live and our St George’s YouTube channel, as well as being accessible by telephone conference call. You can find details here.
We currently have a vacancy for a Team Vicar at St George’s. Services and study groups are being led by other clergy in the East Greenwich team, and the churchwardens and other lay leaders at St George’s are supporting the mission and ministry of the church during this time. If you need to contact a member of the clergy, please email email@example.com. During the vacancy the East Greenwich Team Rector, together with the churchwardens, will be looking after St George’s.
We believe in inclusive Church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
St George’s can be found at 43 Glenluce Road, London SE3 7SD, at the corner of Glenluce Road and Kirkside Road (close to Westcombe Hill), a short distance from Westcombe Park railway station, and close to the Kirkside Road bus stop (routes 108, 286, 335 & 422). Click here for a map.
St George’s and the Parish of East Greenwich take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Further information about this can be found here on our safeguarding page.