The Vacancy 

Sunday, 18th October was a sad day as it was Andrew and Jenny Smith’s last Sunday at St Mary’s.   So, we are now in an Interregnum (between reigns!), which is a posh word for saying we’re in a vacancy, or without a Rector.

When the Smiths announced they were leaving, our New Rector Working Group was formed from people across the church family representing different ages, preferred worship style, groups, etc. etc.  The NRWG is led by Andy Black, one of our Wardens, with Chris Bacon, Emily Bennett, Corinne Braid, Jacky Breadmore, Pam Egles, Richard Furze, Nathan Ghinn, Julie Partridge and Wendy Roberts.

We then had some very helpful meetings with Andrew and Jenny, the Ven Martin Breadmore, our Archdeacon and the Rev David Senior, Diocesan Mission Enabler, who explained the process we were entering – searching for and recruiting our new Rector, in which the production of our Parish Profile and Statement and Needs is absolutely key.   Andy Black and Brigitte Furze, our Wardens, are in close contact with our Rural Dean, Alan Jenkins, and Martin Breadmore who are available to help, answer questions, etc, to ensure everything runs smoothly in the vacancy.

Where have we got to? The NRWG have been receiving input from the church family as to what they love about St Mary’s and what sort of person they would like to see lead us into the future. Richard Furze, Julie Partridge and Corinne Braid have been busy writing the Parish Profile and producing drafts, incorporating comments from members of the PCC and Alan Jenkins, while Kowoon Bacon is leading the team designing the profile.   It’s all systems go!

There’s a really helpful document from the New Rector Working Group update which you can access here,  which amongst other things, sets out our timeline.

We’ll keep everybody updated on progress, so do check back to see how we’re getting on.

In the meantime, if you have any photos of groups and / or activities at St Mary’s (with permission, of course, especially if there are children involved), or have a short quote about what you love about St Mary’s, please forward to Karen, our Administrator or to for inclusion in the profile.   We look forward to hearing from you.