The Next Chapter (April 2018 edition)
Thriving, Growing and Bearing Fruit
It is now nearly six months since our Rector, Adrian, moved to Bath, as Archdeacon.
What has happened in the meantime?
The Search Team, an enthusiastic group of eleven members from Trull and Angersleigh, worked very hard and prayerfully, over several weeks, creating the Church Profile. Many other parishioners contributed to it as well. I would like to thank most sincerely everyone who was involved in its preparation.
The Profile was then approved by a joint meeting of the Trull and Angersleigh PCCs, and subsequently, by the Archdeacon of Taunton, and our patron, the CPAS, (Church Pastoral Aid Society.)
Copies are now available in the church and in the Hive Café. The profile can also be read online, using the Trull Church and Diocesan websites.
The Search Team also worked together to produce an advertisement for the new incumbent. This advert first appeared in the Church Times in early March, and will continue to appear until the second week of April. It is also displayed on the Bath and Wells website as well as the CPAS website.
The Archdeacon’s office has, to date, sent out nine application-packs to respondents.
Applicants will be shortlisted by the interview-panel after the 13th April. The panel consists of two members from Trull PCC, two from Angersleigh PCC, the Archdeacon of Taunton, (Simon Hill), John Fisher from the CPAS, the Rural Dean (Rebecca Harris), and a representative from the Diocesan Board of Patronage.
Thereafter, invitations will be sent out to those shortlisted for interviews, which will be held in the TCCC on 9th May. If an applicant is successful at the interview, Bishop Peter will be asked to formerly offer him/her the post of Rector. After DBS checks have been made and the offer is accepted, the churchwardens will communicate with the applicant’s current church, simultaneous announcements will be made the following Sunday in his/her current church, in All Saints and at St Michaels. The applicant will then be required to give three months’ notice before taking up the new post.
The Staff Team, and David Sharpe (our Treasurer) have worked consistently and with dedication over the past months. We all owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for the continued smooth running of our two churches.
In addition, Sam Upham, our Children and Families Worker, has now met with Mike Haslam (Chaplaincy Development Advisor at the Diocese) and is pleased to announce that six parishioners have shown interest in becoming Village Chaplains. Mike will be arranging dates for training and will liaise with the Bishop’s secretary to organise a date for the licensing.
Recently, four members of our church community have completed several weeks’ training as Lay Worship Leaders. Our thanks go to Mark Richmond, Jennie Rusinek, Allison Saltrese and Sally Silsby, whom you may see leading services from time to time.
I would like to add one more thank you, and that is to my wife, Naomi, for her steadfast love and support over the past extremely busy months.
Over the next few months, as we continue to work and pray together, the Benefice of All Saints Trull and Angersleigh, will continue, I believe, to “thrive , grow and bear fruit” during the vacancy.