Since 1st May 2020 the parish has been officially in vacancy.  Thanks to Covid-19 the vacancy is lasting longer than we had hoped.  Until a new Vicar is installed the Churchwardens and Area Dean will be officially responsible for keeping the church going and supporting all the work done in the church’s name.

Our Assistant Curate, Revd Ian Whitley, has now moved on to become Vicar of Lingfield and Dormansland.  We are very grateful for his help over the last year and pray for every blessing on him as he takes up these new responsibilities.

After we were unsuccessful in appointing a new Vicar at the interviews in December 2020 we are re-advertising through February 2021, with interviews planned for 15th April.   Our updated Parish Profile can be seen here – Parish Profile v8

We shan’t see applications, which go to the Archdeacon’s PA, but the PCC has now chosen its two representatives to join the Bishop, Archdeacon and Area Dean on the interview panel in March.  As on past such occasions, PCC members chose the Churchwardens.   The full interview panel consists of the Bishop, the Archdeacon, the Area Dean, and the two parish representatives.

So we keep praying:

God our Father, you have welcomed each one of us in Jesus and called us to be His body in this place; send us your Holy Spirit at this time of uncertainty and change, to fill us with vision and energy and faithfulness in prayer, that we may be true to our calling to bring new life to our community.   Give your heavenly wisdom to those who are to choose a new incumbent for this parish that he or she may be a wise and gentle shepherd of your people, ready to serve us with joy, to build us up in faith and to lead us by example in loving obedience to your Son Jesus.   Amen.

More news will follow – meanwhile we welcome your views.

Susan & Geoff –

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