The Saint John’s community is made up of all sorts of people from all sorts of different backgrounds. Young and old, men and women, people who’ve been going to Church all their lives and people who’ve only just dipped their toe in the water. So, whoever you are and wherever you’ve been, you’re welcome at Saint John’s!
Here are some of the people you’ll meet:
Mother Carrie Thompson
Mother Carrie is the Vicar (Parish Priest). She’s usually available in the Parish every day except Mondays.
Hailing originally from South London, Mother Carrie moved to Gosport in 2008. She enjoys talking to horses, cycling, hanging around in coffee shops and narrowly avoiding getting peed on by dogs. She shares the Vicarage with two cats called Mary and Martha, and a menagerie of other animals.
Mother Carrie is happy to carry out home blessings and home Communion, visit the sick and housebound, hear Confessions, or just meet up for a chat.
You can send her an email here, or give her a ring on 02392 503 140.
*Please note – the Vicarage telephone is currently out of action. If you’d like to get in touch with Mother Carrie, please use the form on the Contacts page, or pop into Church on a Saturday morning. Thank you.*
Paul and Shelagh are our Churchwardens. They are elected by the people of the Parish to support the clergy and help with the running of the Church. Amongst other things, they are responsible for ensuring good order during public worship – so if you want to start a riot during Mass, you’ll have them to deal with!
Paul and Shelagh also act as our Safeguarding Officers for children and for adults who may be at risk of harm.
John is our Treasurer. He’s elected by the people of the Parish each year to keep our finances in good order. Occasionally he even lets us spend some money. John is the person to talk to if you would like to make a donation to the Church or take part in our planned giving schemes.
In May 2017, John and his wife Linda were the deserving recipients of a Bishop’s award for long service to the Parish and community of Forton. You can read all about it here.
Jonathan is our Director of Music, a job he manages to carry out despite occasionally being throttled by fellow organists. Jonathan co-ordinates a happy band of organists and singers, and would love to hear from you if you’d like to join them.
Sarah is our church cat. Her hobbies include sleeping, eating, knocking things over and occasionally scratching the Treasurer.