From an historical point of view the office of Churchwarden dates from the 13th Century, and is one of the earliest forms of recognized lay ministry.

 

The primary function at that time seems to have been that of taking care of the Church building and its contents, including the responsibility of providing for the repairs of the nave, and of furnishing the utensils for divine service.

 

The Churchwardens had custody or guardianship of the fabric and furniture of the church, and even today, they are the legal guardians of the church’s moveable goods, such as moveable furniture, plates and ornaments. They are required to keep an accurate, up-to-date inventory of these items. In the course of time other duties were added, and Churchwardens became regarded in some respects as the local officers of the Bishop of the diocese, responsible to him for the proper carrying out of their responsibilities.

 

Throughout their long history, Churchwardens have provided an excellent example of the advantages of lay participation in the life and work of a parish. In modern day terms, whilst the Churchwardens still undertake a lot of their historical responsibilities, our main priorities are to oversee the maintenance, facilities, services and general infrastructure of the church as well as advise and support our Vicar and other key members to ensure the best interests of the church and it’s congregation are always maintained to the best of our abilities.

 


 

Kevin Isles (Church Warden)

Kevin has been a member of St Paul’s for over 26 years and regards “the church” as his extended family, a “place” for receiving teaching and challenge, and where he can give and receive spiritual and emotional encouragement. Church is where, together, we explore and discover what God would have us do in Slough, and get on with it.

 

Kevin is a practical individual, having spent 33 years plus working in the gas industry dealing with all sorts of planned and emergency work. He retired from full time paid employment in July 2012. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Gas and Mechanical Engineer and a Chartered Safety and Health practitioner.  This is a helpful background for supporting the facilities, the “nuts and bolts” and practical aspects of the mission of the church. Kevin sees himself as an enabler”! Kevin has previous experience in the Churchwarden role, having had a seven-year stint many years back and from April 2014 has been reprising the role.

 

Kevin is married to Christine and they live in Langley. They have two grown up “boys” Richard and Andrew who have fled the nest! Kevin retains many links with his industry background through the activities of his professional bodies and draws upon those skills to help the church. Kevin delights himself in all sorts of things in parish life, though he is increasingly aware of the need to share out the work load, and so is always pleased to receive offers of practical or organisational help.

 When not doing “church” things, Kevin retains a great fascination for steam engines or anything to do with railways and can easily be lured onto visits to preserved railways or steam specials on the main line. He also loves opportunities to enjoy coastal scenery and places of interest.

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Steven Dass (Church Warden) 

E: steven.dass@yahoo.co.uk

P: 07401 802 822

 

 

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

Kevin Isles (Church Warden)

E: kevinsisles@outlook.com

M: 07831 453 312

 

Steven Dass (Church Warden) 

E: steven.dass@yahoo.co.uk

M: 07401 802 822