Staff and Leadership
Revd Mike Shrubsole, Minister
Mike has been the Minister of Trinity United Church for seven years. He has gained experience ministering in other churches around the country, but is now pleased to be back in the New Forest area, a part of the country he considers home, and much loves and enjoys. Mike is married to Louise, who is also active in ministry with Mike, (see her entry for further information). Mike and Louise have two grown up sons. Mike is a United Reformed Church minister but enjoys working in an ecumenical setting with shared Methodist and URC concerns. Mike has pastoral charge of four different churches and uses half of his time to support Trinity United Church. Mike's personal passion in church life is to encourage church concern for environmental issues in general and climate change in particular. He serves the wider United Reformed Church as a Green Apostle (or 'Environmental Encourager') for the Wessex Synod, and as convener of the national group of all the Green Apostles.
Mrs Louise Shrubsole, Pastoral Assistant
Louise has been working in this role for five years, supporting Revd Mike Shrubsole with his responsibility for the people of his four churches. Louise finds herself hospital visiting, home visiting, leading worship in Residential Homes and supporting church based groups. All these are about people, and the opportunity to get alongside folk in all situations that life brings. Louise often cites the words from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 - 'a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to be silent and a time to speak ...' Louise sees it as a privilege to do this work.
Louise is grateful to the strong pastoral support network in all of the churches.
Louise and Mike have two grown up boys both working and living in London. In her spare time Louise enjoys her garden, making it as colourful as possible and a place to relax. She enjoys exploring the New Forest. Louise was a former primary school teacher.
Jackie Burgess, Children and Families Worker
Jackie is a former teacher and has worked with families for many years. She is originally a northerner but has been within the Hampshire/Surrey area for many years. She is married to Keith and has two grown up children. Jackie enjoys walking, sewing and other creative crafts and loves to travel to explore new places. Jackie is keen to meet new families and hopes to support them in settling into the Church and community.
John Birch, Manager of the Centres writes:
What is written below, is what would normally be the situation. However, as everyone will know, everything is on hold except Foodbank that is functioning normally and providing a vital service to the commnumity at this time.
Sundays are busy with with the usual Church Services, and Wesley is home to King's Church for their regular Sunday Morning Service.
During the week, the usage of both Trinity Centre and Wesley Centre is extensive with people of all ages passing through the doors. Trinity Centre in particular is a hive of activity!
On the younger side, Little Lambs provides a safe environment for toddlers to play in the hall. Children and young people learn drama, dance and music with the Big Little Theatre School.
Trinity Guild, which meets on a Tuesday, provides a varied programme of activities for senior members of the community to enjoy and the Age Concern Day Care Centre provides daily care from Monday to Friday.
A good variety of other activities is offered throughout the week and these include support to members of the local community, such as the weekly AA and Al-Anon meetings, the monthly Carers Café; New Forest Community Education (Brockenhurst College) using the Centre as required to offer Conversational French; Yoga and numerous other educational Courses; Ringwood Dancing Classes, teach a variety of styles of dance at different levels; Pilates and Exercise classes; Alzheimers Society; Monday Lunches, where an excellent meal is provided at very nominal cost; etc.
Click the links to Church Activities and Centre Users pages to find out more.
It is our aim to keep a balance between church and community users of the Centres and to keep space available for new church initiatives. It is our prayer that these places are used to the glory of God, serving Him through serving the people of our local community.