Rev Hannah Moore: Rector, Vicar and Priest-in-charge
I am Rev Hannah Moore, I was born in Bedfordshire but moved to South Africa as a child in 1979 and remained there for 23 years. I qualified as a teacher and taught primary school for a few years before leaving to work on a titanium mining project as a Cost Controls Manager. On my return to England in 2002, I lived in Fleet with husband Michael, and our children Rachael and Reuben. We attended The Church on Heath and I became involved in leading holiday clubs, playing in the worship group and eventually leading and preaching at services. During this time, I set up a business with my sister and my mum offering afterschool art and craft clubs in schools in Surrey and Hampshire. I ran this business for fourteen years before being ordained.
I undertook my theological training at St Mellitus College in London. During my training, I worked at the Parish of Fleet as a Children and Families Worker and Church on the Heath as a Minister in Training. I have served my curacy in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale in the churches of St George’s, St John’s and St Mark’s. I have enjoyed being part of the community in North Farnham for the last three and half years.
As a family, Michael, Rachael, Reuben and I are enjoying our move to Elstead. I am excited to share my ministry in the Parishes of Elstead, Thursley, Shackleford and Peper Harow. We had a real sense that God was calling us to these parishes for the next season of my ministry. I want to be able to share my faith by living it out and I am inspired to action by the words of the prayer after Communion which calls us to be a “living sacrifice” and “to live and work for God’s praise and glory.”
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family playing cards and board games and watching DVDs. Holidays are an important time for us all to catch up as a family as Michael is a teacher, Rachael works as a special educational needs assistant in a school and Reuben is just about to complete his GCSEs. We are a family of animal lovers so you may see us around walking our two miniature Dachshunds and our Springer/Clumber cross Spaniel. We also have three cats, a fish tank of tropical fish and a fishpond.
Apart from spending time with my family I love reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, making scale wooden models of boats, often getting my fingers stuck together with superglue. I enjoy watching all kinds of sport on television. I am a life-long Liverpool supporter, so I keep a weekly check on the scores and am very happy this season! I am passionate about cricket, supporting England’s men and women, and watch it whenever I get the chance.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and seeing you at the churches and out and about in the community.
Rev Delia Orme: Associate Minister
Hello everyone. I am Delia and I am joined the ministry team for St James’ and St Michael & All Angels under Rev John Page. I start in January 2019 on an unpaid part-time basis. This is because I am also a (nearly) full-time Partner with Alliotts Chartered Accountants in Guildford and London.
I moved here from Haslemere, but previously lived in Elstead in Lower Ham Lane and ran my own Accountancy business for a time at Tanshire Park.
In ministry I started as a Reader training in Milford then in Haslemere. I moved from Elstead to Haslemere as Curate in St Bartholomew’s Church with its daughter church of St Christopher’s. I then moved on to become Associate Minister in the Parish of Seale, Sands, Puttenham & Wanborough, travelling to the parish every Sunday from my home in Haslemere. I was also a school governor and Chaplain to the RAF Cadets 1268 squadron.
So why am I back in Elstead? Well in 2018 I took a 6 month sabbatical as it was 10 years since my ordination and a good time to stop and reflect on where my future ministry should be. Not getting a good answer to the question “Why am I living in Haslemere?” I asked God “Where then?” and visited various churches and home locations. From all this prayer and searching the answer became clear. I was being called back to live in Elstead and serve both parishes. Putting my house on the market I was amazed to find a buyer and a new house within just three weeks. Boy does God moves quickly when he is in charge!
So here I am and I look forward to sharing our spiritual journey together as we work to bring God’s kingdom a little closer.
Rev John Henstridge: Honorary Priest
Rev John writes: I was ordained in 1959, and served as Curate and Vicar in parishes in Hampshire before becoming a non-stipendiary minister in 1969 – earning my living in secular employment (as a management trainer and consultant), but continuing to exercise my priestly ministry part-time alongside this. I now hold the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate (PTO), and take services in St James’ once or twice a month