Welcome from the wardens


Churchwarden at St. John the Baptist, Knaresborough.

A Churchwarden is a lay official (not ordained as a clergy) in a parish church of the Church of England. Holders of these positions are members of the  Parochial Church Council (PCC). The role of Churchwarden is extremely varied but generally involves management, maintenance, and ministry. The rights and responsibilities of Churchwardens are laid down in Church (canon) Law. And as with most roles within a parish, this is a voluntary (unpaid) position.

A person needs to be elected as a churchwarden. The elections are carried out every year at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. It is possible for a church warden to be re-elected but they are required to take at least one year off after a period of standing for six years. Only after this rest period can an individual be considered for re-election.



Sharon Foster

I am a Yorkshire lass born and bred in Sheffield. My father’s family were connected with the Sheffield Assay Office from the 1800’s. From an early age I attended, with my brother, St. Thomas’s Church in Crookes, both of us singing in the church choir for a number of years. We were also confirmed there.

I continued singing in choirs as a student during my teacher training at college in Lincoln. A most memorable occasion was the opportunity to sing in the St. Matthew Passion in Lincoln Cathedral. (Also memorable because I had my arm in plaster having broken my wrist playing hockey!!)

Although originally trained as a Primary school teacher, during a 40 year career I have also taught in both Secondary and Further Education. In the 70’s I took a break from the classroom to work in Youth Services which is what brought me to Knaresborough in 1975.

Retirement a few years ago provided the opportunity to spend more time with friends, develop interests and become more involved in church life at St. John’s. Time spent as a sidesperson has been a good way of getting to know the congregation better and being a member of the DCC and PCC to understand the workings of the parish!

One of the things which drew me to regular worship at St.John’s some 10 years ago was the music. For me music is a wonderful way of expressing our faith through singing hymns and responses and our services at St.John’s are particularly enriched by having one of the best church choirs in the country (Did you see Songs of Praise in 2010? - if not you can check it out by clicking on the following link http://www.knaresboroughanglicanteam.org.uk/songs-of-praise-comes-to-knaresborough )