Meet the St. Mary's Church Team
Rev. Heather Wilcox
My name is Heather and having grown up in Essex, I spent my early adulthood living in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, where I trained as a nurse, working there for 19 years in various roles before specialising in anticoagulation and setting up a nurse led Deep Vein Thrombosis clinic. In Kings Lynn I met my husband and we had our two children both adults now, Megan who is married to Scott and lives in Long Stratton and Luke who still lives with us. 13 years ago, I was ordained and following my curacy on the coast in Pakefield just south of Lowestoft, I have spent the last 10 years in a group of parishes centred around Long Stratton back in Norfolk.
In the last few months, God has called me to move on and I know find myself in West Bergholt, working across another group of parishes. I love being a Priest, telling others about Jesus and how much he loves them and serving the local communities. In my spare time, I like getting creative and enjoy a variety of crafts and also taking gentle exercise. Most recently I completed the couch to 5K challenge, and really ought to work on progressing to 10K!
You can contact Rev Heather at: email@example.com
Gemma Ross - Governor
My name is Gemma and I'm a Governor at Heathlands. My role is to support the School in it's Church of England work. This includes looking at how the pupils cover the RE Curriculum and that Heathlands aligns with the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist School framework (SIAMS) - (a bit like an OFSTED for Church Schools). I encourage opportunities for all the School Community to access and investigate Christianity plus other beliefs (including Humanism).
Now a bit about me. I didn't go to a Church School and I wasn't brought up as Christian. I started going to St. Mary's in 2008 as I prepared to get married. When I attended the services something clicked with me; it was interesting, inspiring, uplifting and yet calming - it felt right for me. Being a Christian brings out the best in me (I try to let it to at any rate!) It fulfils something within me that makes me feel happier and less stressed about life. Being part of St. Mary's diverse and welcoming Church family is a part of my life that I love and I'm really happy to connect the School community to God, so maybe they can find out if he's right for them too.
Liz Dixon - Governor
My name is Liz, and I am a member of St Mary’s Church and have recently been appointed as a Governor at Heathlands. Like Gemma, my role as Governor is to support Heathlands in ensuring that its Christian ethos is encouraged throughout the school’s curriculum and activities. I started coming to St Mary’s in 1999, after my son was christened there. I had been interested in exploring the Christian faith since I was a teenager, but it was by getting to know the folk at St Mary’s that helped me connect with God on a much more meaningful and rewarding level. I really enjoy helping with the different activities in church, such as planning and leading some of the services on a Sunday morning and organising some of our outreach events like the Giant Village Advent Windows Trail, which has been great fun. For the past three years I have been doing a part time study course to train to become a lay reader. I love being part of St Mary’s Church because it’s like being part of a big family, but I also love serving the community.
I feel that the link between the church and the school is very important, and I am committed to building on that link so that St Mary’s Church can support the school in practical ways and in prayer. When I’m not studying or doing things for church, I enjoy walking, doing keep fit classes, meeting friends and watching films, especially all the Marvel films!