Revd Maz Allen
My name is Marilyn but I prefer to be known as Maz. I have been
since January 2007 and I have the privilege of ministering to
My passion is for pastoral visiting, but I enjoy leading worship
and am keen to incorporate new songs and hymns into worship,
when appropriate. I am also an advocate of children receiving
I have had a varied career, from animal-nurse, clerical
assistant, teacher, dressmaker to Church Related Community
Worker for the URC in Huddersfield and Walsall, culminating in
ordination in 1997 at
Chandler’s Ford URC, Hampshire.
I enjoy leading a children’s choir, called C4. It has
developed into a dramatic group and we have great fun together,
performing musicals two or three times per year.
My spiritual home is in Taizé – a retreat centre in France. For many years I led groups
to this multi-national gathering. The music is inspiring and the
use of silence in worship is welcome.
I am a founder-trustee of two charities connected with Kenya: St. Stephen’s Rehabilitation
Centre, organizing child-sponsorship for children in a Home for
orphaned and at-risk children and young people; and Kenya
Projects (UK), taking groups of teenagers and adults every
second year, to work at St. Stephen’s and fundraise for specific
projects, such as a borehole, or playground.
I am quite comfortable for my theology to be called
‘middle-of-the-road’. I am not a fundamentalist nor an
evangelical. I want people to feel welcome in church and to be
encouraged to ask questions about faith. We discover answers
together and these may be different for each person, depending
on their faith-development. I preach the Trinity of God’s love
and grace and minister, to the best of my ability in Christ’s
Revd. Maz Allen