Remembering The Reverend John Taylor
4th Nov 1949 to 9th June 2016
John was born at April Cottage, Chillerton on the Isle of Wight, the eldest son of Hilton and Alice Taylor. He was soon followed by brother Robert, then Charles, Anne and Mark. John’s Grandad was a farmer and John often used to refer in his sermons to helping with the haymaking and harvest and also to the villagers that helped. John was not a natural farmer and his Mum taught him how to do household chores, which Julie was very thankful for when they married! John and his brothers and sister went to the village primary school in Chillerton also attended by Julie and her brother and sister. John’s mum was Julie’s Tawny Owl at Brownies and his Auntie was Julie’s Guide leader.
John left home to live with his Granny and Grandad and looked after them in their older years. Their house was opposite Chillerton Methodist Chapel and John often recalled how people from the village would come into their house on Sunday mornings for a chat before going across the road to the Chapel. John and his brothers and sister went to Sunday School at the village chapel. One of the Sunday School teachers taught John to play the piano and, while the other boys were playing football, John was busy practicing the piano – although I’m sure he didn’t really mind as he was never really interested in football! At the age of 11 John started playing the organ at the Chapel.
John joined the Boys Brigade and while at camp at the age of 11, he gave his life to Jesus and he never looked back. His Sunday School teachers encouraged the young people to take part in services and at the age of 17 John preached his first sermon at Roud Methodist Church on the story of Martha and Mary. John studied for his local preacher’s exams and was commissioned as a fully accredited local preacher in the Methodist Church in December 1984. Julie remembers attending that service at Chillerton Methodist Chapel.
After leaving school, John’s first job was working in Stiby & Elderfield, a gentleman’s outfitters in Newport. Anne remembers that he did not have a car license but that he had a provisional motorcycle license and went to work on a moped - although the moped spent more time being fixed by Dad than actually running! The outfitters shop was opposite Newport Congregational Church and the proprietor of the shop encouraged John to attend the “Pleasant Sunday Afternoon” meetings held at the Church. This group was affiliated to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Movement, and so begun John’s lifetime relationship with the movement. John would often play the organ for their meetings and later on, he would drive the minibus and collect members for the meeting. John attended the National Conference of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood Movement and was invited to become their National President in 1990. Later he became their General Secretary and organised the National Conferences and other events. John went all over the country speaking to Brotherhood and Sisterhood meetings and in recent years, led the monthly Friday morning Sisterhood meeting in Watford. John and Julie were honoured to represent the Movement at the Queens Garden Party.
When John passed his car test, he went to work for Solent Textiles in Cowes selling clothes and textiles. Charles remembers John taking his Mum and Dad and he and Anne on holiday to North Wales and while they were there, John did some calls selling textiles – even in those days he was working 24/7!
John then went to work for Radio Rentals and became a TV installer. He drove a big white van and, when he began courting Julie, he would arrive to collect her in the Radio Rentals van. Julie’s Dad said that the neighbours would think that their TV was always on the blink!!
John and Julie were married at Rookley Methodist Chapel on 20 April 1991 and they celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary in April this year. After they married John continued preaching in the Methodist Circuit and Julie continued teaching in the Sunday School at Rookley. John also continued leading the “Pleasant Sunday Afternoon meetings”. He also led a Bible Study group at Newport Methodist Church. In the Spring of 1992, there was a Lay Witness Weekend at the Church. John received the call to full time ministry, but not in the Methodist Church where he and Julie were born and bred, but in the Congregational Church. John was inducted as Pastor at Newport Congregational Church in August 1992 and commenced the Integrated Training Course of the Congregational Federation. After many weekends in Nottingham and lots of hard work, John completed his studies and was ordained in 1996. He went on to become a tutor on the Foundation Course.
In 1998, John received a call to move to Penge (Julie wouldn’t speak to him for about a week!) but after much prayer and visits to the Church, they moved to Penge in April 1998 and never looked back. John and Julie enjoyed 15 very happy years at Penge Congregational Church and became part of the Penge community. John became a member of the Board of Penge Churches Housing Association on which he served for many years. He attended the Community lunches, helped out at Melvin Hall, and became a Governor at Royston Primary School. John regularly met up with the local ministers in Penge and was Secretary of Churches Together in Beckenham. He joined the Rotary Club of Beckenham in 1998 having previously been a Rotarian on the Isle of Wight and he enjoyed the lunchtime fellowship every Thursday. Julie is so grateful that she and John made many friends through Rotary who have supported them in so many ways.
John and Julie were members of the Penge Congregational Church Choir and have happy memories of practices on Friday evenings. John loved to play the organ and piano at the Church. John was a great friend to all who used the Church building and would often have a cup of tea with Victim Support when they had an office in the Church and then with Spinnaker Trust. John was a good cook and would always cook a lovely ham for the Church lunches and there always had to be potatoes! John enjoyed popping in for lunch at the Crystal Oasis lunch club and enjoyed leading their Thanksgiving Services. John was a great supporter of the Uniformed organisations and was Chair of the Scout Group and would often visit the Brownies and Guides when they were at camp.
But John’s real passion was preaching and hymns. He had such a wide knowledge and could recite whole hymns – word perfect. He would go wherever he was asked to preach – from Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland and even to India. In 2007, John was invited to attend the Centenary of the Church of Maraland, as missionaries from Penge Congregational Church had founded the Church 100 years before. It was a grueling journey but he received such a warm welcome. John was amazed at the hundreds of people that came to the services many of whom had walked for miles to be there. In 2009 John went to India again and stayed with Bishop Samson Das of the Church of North India. He preached in many churches in Cuttack and on 4th October 2009 he opened a centre in Golpapur-on-Sea and there is a plaque with John’s name on it all those miles away.
In December 2013, John retired from the Congregational Church and found a lovely house in Penge thanks to the Rotary Club and the generosity of one member and his wife in particular. John and Julie went “back home” to their roots and joined Anerley Methodist Church. John certainly did not retire from preaching but was soon busy taking services in the Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit. As always, he would go wherever and whenever he was called. On Christmas Day last year, he preached at Sunfields, near Blackheath, the furthest Church in the Circuit from home but he was so happy to be there. John took his last service on Sunday 10th January this year and it was fitting that it should have been at Anerley Methodist Church. He was not at all well but was given strength and everyone said it was such a powerful sermon. John would often quote the words of John Wesley in his sermons. Wesley’s last words were “The best is this – God is with us”. We know that God was with John all through his life, guiding and directing him and we know that John is now with his Lord. We know also that God will continue to be with us.
“Best of all is God is with us
In our joy and through our pain,
Till that final acclamation
‘life is Christ and death is gain.’
Best of all is God is with us
As we scale eternal heights
Love grows stronger, undiminished,
Earth grows dim by heaven’s lights.”
Donations in John’s memory to St Christopher’s Hospice. Donations can be made to Albert Parr & Sons Funeral Director,131 Maple Rd, London SE20 8LP. A web site for donations is also available at http://www.memorygiving.com/revjohnarthurhuberttaylor
Anerley is one of nine Churches that make up the Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit of the Methodist Church. We are a small but thriving Congregation that works hard to meet the needs of our local Community.
Our premises are well maintained and adaptable and we hope that you will find our friendly welcome as warm and welcoming as the premises themselves.
The Church has around 50 members and in addition to our regular Sunday Services we run or provide facilities for a wide range of different activities. These include, other Faith Groups, Bible Studies, The Penge Community Pre-School, Dance and Drama Groups for young people, A Social Group for the older members of the Church, Dog Training and Keep Fit. Our Halls are also available to hire at competitive prices for parties, clubs, associations and community activities.
Children and families are always welcome at Anerley and we have a Junior Church for the young people. However, on the fourth Sunday of the month we have a special family service when children, their parents and carers are particularly welcome to a family orientated and relaxed style of ‘All Age Worship’..
Baptisms, Weddings and, Funerals can be arranged with our Minister.
A full list of our weekly activities can be found on this website together with contact details for church officers and the leaders of groups who meet on the premises.
I am the Minister here at Anerley Methodist Church. I am married to Sarah Malik.
We are parents of two son's, Rohan aged six and Roshan aged three. Rohan is very proud to be part of the Junior Church.
As a minister my vision for this church is to:
· Continue to be a welcoming and caring community
· Nurture and equip our community in their Christian discipleship
· Prepare the church for mission and evangelism at local and wider levels
· Resource and equip Lay Leadership in the church
If you are looking for a warm and friendly worship environment and to be a part of your local worship community please come and visit us. You will find Anerley Methodist Church an accessible, hospitable and nurturing place. Our leadership team is there to help all the members and visitors to experience the warmth of God's love in our fellowship.
Every Blessing Imran.
We are a small but thriving Church in Anerley/Penge, South London, to the North of the London Borough of Bromley and close to the Borough boundary with Croydon. We are part of the Blackeath and Crystal Palace Methodist Circuit, which is made up of 9 Churches in South East London. The other Churches are Burnt Ash, Eltham Park, Forest Hill, Hither Green, Lewisham, Sunfields, Upper Norwood and Wesley Hall Sydenham. Anerley has a membership of about 50 people of all ages from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Anyone of whatever Denomination, Faith or no Faith is very welcome at any of our Services or events.
The spiritual life of the Church is focused on Sunday morning worship and a Junior Church that are well attended by both members and adherents.
WEEKLY MEETINGS & ACTIVITIES
Living Vine Ministry 9am
Morning Service 11am
Evening Service (2nd & 4th Sunday) 6.30pm
Junior Church 11am
Link Fellowship 1pm
Salvation Deliverance Ministry 2pm
MONDAY to FRIDAY
Penge Community Pre-School 9.20am to 4pm
Jumoke After School Club 3.30pm to 6pm
Dog Training 7pm
Amaze Penge 9.30am to 12noon (term time only)
Salvation Deliverance Ministry 7pm
Only Believe Assembly 7pm
Community of Faith (Brazilian church) 7pm
Wednesday (Social) Club 8pm
JAKAB Fitness & Self Defence 8pm
Prayer and Devotional Meeting 10am to 11.30am
Tai Chi 7pm
Campbell School of Dance & Drama 4pm
Love 2 Dance 7.30pm
Living Vine Ministry 7pm
Progressived Sports (Sport-In Stories) 9am to 1pm in Term Time
Community of Faith 5.30pm
Go to the 'Regular Activities' tab for contact details and more information about groups and organisations meeting at Anerley Methodist Church
Rev. Imran Malik was appointed to the Blackheath & Crystal Palace Circuit on 1st September 2012. Imran has pastoral oversight for Anerley and our sister Church at Upper Norwood. There is a Welcome statement from Imran above and some more interesting information about him can be found at the link below -