The Presentation of the Lancelot Andrewes medal to Joan Taylor
There was much rejoicing at SMM this week as Joan Taylor received the Lancelot Andrewes medal for 'godly service and zeal for the Gospel, which is in the gift of the Bishop of Southwark The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun'.
Joan had received news of the award on All Saints Day which also happened to be her 90th birthday. Joan joined the church in 1938 and to say that she is part of the fabric of St Mary Magdalene would be an understatement. She served continuously on the PCC from 1962 until last year, including many years as a superbly-efficient PCC secretary. She also blazed the trail in 1976 as St Mary Magdalene's first female Churchwarden.
Being an active member of the body of Christ was instilled in Joan through her confirmation as a teenager the Vicar at the time told Joan that having been confirmed, she now had the choice of singing in the Choir or Junior church leadership. Joan chose Junior church – and hundreds of children and their children after them are so grateful she made that choice. Many of her young charges have gone on to be confirmed and now take an active role in church life themselves.