Christ Church Totland Bay is just one of eleven Anglican churches within the West Wight Cluster of churches. Following detailed discussions with PCC’s from the eleven churches the recommendation from our Archdeacon was that the parishes form themselves into a ‘Mission Community’. This allows a combination of parishes to work together with a common goal. This model of mission and ministry was developed in the Diocese of Exeter and has been introduced in the Diocese of Oxford. Collaborative working enables churches to do things together that they cannot do on their own. This form of working also encourages lay ministry with the clergy exercising more of a ministry of oversight, rather than doing everything themselves. For legal and practical reasons (including clergy housing and travelling distance) there are two groups (or clusters) of churches in the West Wight Mission Community; the ‘Towns’ (Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland) and the rural ‘Country’ parishes (Brighstone, Brook, Calbourne, Mottistone, Newtown, Shalfleet Shorwell and Thorley) and each cluster will have a full time priest in charge. In addition, there will continue to be a either a house-for-duty (part-time, non stipendiary) priest or full time curate to serve all the parishes in the Mission Community in various degrees. All eleven parishes in the cluster are encouraged to work ecumenically through Churches Together In West Wight and other arrangements with non-Anglican churches in the area.
The West Wight Mission Community
The West Wight Mission Community is intentional in Mission and outreach, collaborative and supportive, it is enabling of people’s gifts and ministries and includes a variety of churches and styles. It establishes new expressions of church alongside the traditional and ensures a Christian presence, witness and care in every place. Not all parishes can or should offer every aspect of the church’s life and ministry but by joining in partnership with neighbouring churches and forming a Mission Community we can work together more effectively.
The Revd. Jackie Maw
The Rev. Jackie Maw, is Team Rector of the West Wight Mission Community and Priest in Charge of the West Wight with specific responsibility for the Parishes of St Mary, Brighstone, St Peter, Shorwell with Kingson, St Paul and St Peter, Mottistone, St Mary the Virgin, Brook, St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, St Swithin, Thorley, Holy Spirit, Newtown and All Saints, Calbourne.
Jackie is an experienced parish priest, with over ten years of working in Ministry Teams in rural Dorset, first in Iwerne Minister and then in Wareham. For the past four years she has been leading a team exploring different ways of making disciples and creating church on a new housing development in Aldershot and is in her final year of studying for an MA in mission with Church Mission Society.
Jackie’s is committed to leading worship that enables people to connect and grow in their relationship with God across worshipping styes and traditions, from matins to Forest Church and in these days of pandemic, virtual worship.
Working with local schools as a governor as well as leading collective worship and supporting the teaching of RE has been a significant feature of her ministry. Her playful approach and reasonable guitar playing usually make collective worship engaging for all concerned.
A gregarious nature and natural curiosity combined with a belief in the importance of building relationships and working as a community have all contributed to Jackie being involved in various community projects, including Incredible Edible and a Community Café. She has also been active in supporting local initiatives to respond to the climate emergency.
Jackie grew up in Slough, the eldest of six. She is married to David, who after 22 years serving in the army, studied engineering, and retrained as a Maths teacher. David grew up in Southsea which explains his fascination with hovercraft. Until last year they owned a 15ft cruising hovercraft and are now wondering why they sold it!! They have a son James who is married with three children.
Other members of their household include two lurcher dogs, Lucy and Bobby, and a cat, called Jack. As well as walking their dogs, David and Jackie enjoy cycling, completing the London to Brighton Bike Ride on a few occasions, watching and discussing film as well as getting together with family and friends.
Jackie is also a singer. Her claim to fame is an appearance with her school choir on Pebble Mill at One after they won a prestigious choral competition. While living in Germany she performed military bands as the guest soprano for several ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style concerts. She also joined the chorus of one of the local German opera houses for their production of Carman. She is looking forward to when we can all sing together once again and hope their new neighbours like opera!
The Rev. Leisa Potter
The Rev. Leisa Potter, is Team Vicar of the West Wight Mission Community and is Priest In Charge of the West Wight with specific responsibility for the Parishes of All Saints, Freshwater with St Agnes, St James, Yarmouth and Christ Church, Totland.
Following a degree course in Psychology at Plymouth University she spent several years in the care sector rising through the ranks to Duty manager in Painton, South Devon. From 1999 and over a period of almost ten years she started and ran an ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted Inspected) child minding business. From 2011 to 2014 she completed a degree course in Christian Theology for Ministry with merit at Exeter University and worked with St Mary Magdalene Church, ‘The Living Room’ gaining valuable experience in running services and ‘Life Groups’ across a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds focussing especially on those people with particular needs – expressed through a range of addictions and other life issues. Ordained in 2014 she has worked as part of a team of 12 churches at Ottery, St Mary in Devon, mentoring and enabling leadership and skills for ministry and exploring lay and ordained ministry with all those called by God to serve in communities and churches. Creative and contemplative worship for all people is a great passion, as is accessible worship, with an honouring of the traditional church.
The churches of the West Wight Mission Community are featured below.