From Wembley to Westminster
Westminster City School welcomed Rev Steve Taylor, our new School Chaplain, to Palace Street this week.
As well as being our School Chaplain, Rev Taylor is also joint vicar at St James Alperton Church in North London. Luckily he knows his job share colleague at the Wembley-based church is happy with this arrangement, since that colleague is also his wife!
Rev Taylor explains: “My wife and I were ordained at around the same time and we took on a job share so we could split childcare duties while our two daughters, who are now at secondary school, were growing up.
Born in London, Rev Taylor studied at the University of Sheffield. After spending a year as an English teacher in Jordan, he then worked on careers guidance and mentoring programmes with young people. He is also the governor at a local school in Wembley.
He said: “I’ve always worked with young people, whether that is teaching, mentoring or providing careers guidance. I really enjoy helping young people to understand God and the church, and helping the church to understand young people. I find that there is a lot of noise and creativity in the Bible but that this is not always experienced by young people when they go to church, so I want to encourage and develop that.”
Speaking about joining Westminster City School, Rev Taylor said: “I’m really excited about this role. I’m looking forward to getting to know our School community and to being able to support and care for our young people.”
One of Rev Taylor’s first tasks is arranging our School’s annual carol concert which, this year, will take place online. He is particularly looking forward to organising our services and events at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, adding: “One of the great things about Westminster City School is this unique relationship with the nearby Abbey, an historic building where God has been worshipped for hundreds of years. For our pupils and students to see all that history, to experience it first hand, is wonderful.”
Mr Broughton, Headteacher, said: “We are delighted that Rev Taylor has taken up our School Chaplain post. He will bring a wealth of experience and ideas to this role, and he will help to further develop our School’s strong Christian ethos. I look forward to introducing him to our School community over the coming months.”