Reverend Sheila Cox
Reverend Canon Sheila Cox
Following a music degree, I taught music for 11 years in a secondary school in Southampton. I left teaching when our three children were born after which I entered training for the ordained ministry. I was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral in 2003 and completed my Curate training in Cranbrook. I moved to this area in 2012 to take up the role of Rector with responsibility for the seven churches of the G7 Benefice, of which St. Nicholas Church in Pluckley is one. Part of my role here involves working with the local schools, leading Collective Worship and developing good relationships between the schools and the church. I am always delighted to see the pupils engaging in conversation about faith and developing an awareness of how what we believe affects the way we address current issues in the world. I have been very encouraged over the last few years to see the pupils growing in confidence as they lead worship and take an active part in planning it.
I love classical music, both playing it and listening to it, going to the theatre and reading,although always wish I had more time to do these things.
Rev Jack Bateson
G7 Benefice, Assistant Curate
I grew up near Faversham and studied Classics and Computer Science at University, before working in I.T. Initially I worked locally in Ashford, then moved to Bristol, and then to Bournemouth. When my wife Tracey joined the army we moved to Germany, and I again worked in I.T. On return to England we started a family and I became a full time carer for our son, John.
Training for the Church of England happens in two stages. The first is an academic 3 year college course which I completed in 2017. I was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral on the 1st of July. The second part of my training happens now! As a new curate I work with Canon Sheila in the G7 benefice. This part of the training is more practical, and takes between 3 – 4 years.
Since July 2017 it has been a steep learning curve, but the welcome my family and I have received in the G7 Benefice has been amazing. I have the privilege of being in 7 churches and 3 church schools (Charing and Egerton, as well as Pluckley). It has been wonderful to welcome the children of Pluckley to church for Collective Worship, and it is a joy to come along side their faith journey. I look forward to meeting more of you soon.
Mrs Natella – Christian Distinctiveness Lead
I was delighted to be offered the role of Christian Distinctiveness Lead at the start of this academic year. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to our children’s spiritual and emotional development: in the words of Lord Runcie, church schools should “nourish Christians in their faith, encourage those of other faiths, and challenge those of no faith’.
We have amended our policies for Collective Worship and Religious Education to ensure that we have a clear vision of how to meet the spiritual needs of our children.
Collective Worship Vision Statement:
With our strong school Christian values and faith in God, we believe that all children thrive in an environment in which they are happy, challenged and secure: secure in the knowledge they are safe and cared for; challenged to achieve their best; and happy in the knowledge they are each appreciated for their individuality and their achievements.
Religious Education Vision Statement:
We believe that Religious Education allows our pupils to develop, through theological enquiry, religious literacy, a knowledge of, and respect for, Christianity, other religion and world views, an appreciation of what is truly important to them and others, promoting tolerance and a positive attitude to diversity.