St Philip's Church, Upper Stratton, Swindon.
The parish of St Philip the Deacon serves the area of Upper Stratton, which is an established residential area of Swindon. The Revd Carol Stone, Vicar of St Philip’s was also appointed priest-in-charge of our neighbouring parish of St Peter’s in December 2006.
St Philip’s is a parish of central churchmanship with the Eucharist at the heart of our worshipping community – the place from whence flows our outreach and mission.
Following the retirement of the Vicar of St Peter’s in 2006, when he and his wife (the curate) moved to live in Sussex, the Deanery was given the opportunity to rethink the parish structure of St Peter’s. St Peter’s serves two large and diverse local authority housing estates (Penhill and Pinehurst).
It was then decided to use the vacant incumbent post to:
appoint a part time Community Worker to assist Revd Carol Stone in her work in Penhill
appoint a Pioneer Minister to live and work within the community of Pinehurst and to be attached to St Mary’s – a nearer church building to that estate.
St Peter’s is a church of liberal catholic tradition (incense is used every Sunday)
These proposals had the full support of all three parishes concerned and also that of Swindon Deanery.
St Peter's Church, Penhill, Swindon.