(Who's Who at St. Bartholomew's)

The Vicar

Our vicar, the Rev'd Jim Perry, joined us on 31 October, 2019. He was Team Vicar at St Paul's Pendeford in the Parish of Tettenhall Regis, Wolverhampton in the Diocese of Lichfield. 

Jim Perry introduced himself below:


This is just a brief introduction to me and my family before we get to know you all in person in a few months time. We are very much looking forward to moving to Sydenham. I grew up in North London council estates before moving to North Shropshire when I was 16. Although it's the opposite side of the city, I spent a good few of my teenage weekends with friends exploring London, and so in some ways it does feel a bit like coming home.

I'm currently in my 15th year of ordained ministry having served my curacy in Wolverhampton City Centre before moving to my current post as Vicar of Pendeford, St. Paul's Church.

Jo and I met in Oswestry and we were married 27 years ago. For the last 13 years Jo has worked as a Teaching Assistant but, like myself, has also worked as an accounts clerk. She is a Godly Play practitioner and enjoys crocheting, classic heavy metal and musical theatre.

We have three adult children. Marcus is currently studying Accountancy at Aberystwyth where he plays in the University football team, enjoys playing chess and has a love of music and singing. Han studies Psychology at York St John, is an avid reader of books (real ones, not e-books!) and loves cats. Amias will be heading to university in September to study Law with ambitions to eventually enter politics and is already an enthusiastic local party activist.

I am a huge music fan and my music collection is the closest thing I have to a vice! I go to live gigs whenever time allows, mainly post-punk, both classic and contemporary.

As a family we always get together to see the latest Avengers or Star Wars films and the occasional Dr Who or Stranger Things reference crops up in sermons from time to time.

We hare our home with four scraggy cats.

I am excited to be taking this next step in my ministry, coming to join you all at St Bartholomew's to serve the Gospel in Sydenham.

Revd Jim Perry

The Curate

Our curate Stephen Edmonds, has now left us to become Team Vicar of St. John the Baptist in Wimbledon.


St. Bartholomew's has two churchwardens: Lesley Khatibi and Roland Bates. In co-operation with the vicar, they have responsibilities for a number of matters and are considered to be the leading lay members of the congregation. Duties include:

  • aspects of administration
  • maintenance of the church building
  • helping in the smooth running of the church

Churchwardens are responsible for organising an annual inspection of the building and grounds. They help to ensure that the clergy can conduct their services without interruption, that all the necessary facilities are in place, including safety requirements. They welcome guest preachers and ensure that there are people in place to fulfil the various lay roles during the service.

Churchwardens are required to respond to 'official' questions about the parish, produce reports and keep detailed records of all property, professional inspections, alterations and repairs. They are expected to attend all major meetings of the parish council and standing committees and should meet and pray regularly with the parish priest. At St. Barts the churchwardens also help with the counting and recording of collections. 

The PCC (Parochial Church Council)

The church is a charity and members of the PCC are, in effect, charity trustees. In other words, they are the 'persons having the general control and management of the administration of the charity' (Charities Act 2011).

The duties of the PCC are to:

  • always act responsibility
  • always take decisions for the benefit of the PCC and in accordance with the law
  • not seek personal benefit
  • ensure proper accounting records, accurate disclosure of information, including the proper financial statements and suitable independent auditing
  • show and explain all their transactions
  • only delegate decision making where it can be ensured that its wishes will be followed
  • prepare the annual report and accounts and present to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

PCC members are elected at the APCM and can stand for two 3-year terms before taking a break.

Other Committees

We have a number of sub-committees at St. Barts reporting to the PCC. Some are mandatory, while others have been set up to delegate responsibilities and encourage the involvement of other members of the congregation. They cover:

  • Finance
  • Building Issues
  • Sydenham Life Magazine
  • Social & Fund Raising
  • Youth Work
  • Health & Safety
  • Environment
  • Safeguarding
  • Mission Action Planning
  • Buildings Appeal Steering Group

Members of the congregation are always welcome to put themselves forward for these committees. If you have the relevant skills or interest, please do let us know!

There are many other ways you can get involved with the life at St. Bartholomew's including helping within the service itself. See Getting Involved for details or click on the link to the right.

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