Latest News Regarding Our Vacancy for a Rector

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A Vacancy Committee has been formed and at present consists of:

                                      Geoff Angell
                                      John Blaber
                                      Alan Coupe
                                      Richmond Davies
                                      Rona Finlayson
                                      Revd Bob Gould - Interim Pastor

Caroline Gunn
Denis King
Carole MacBride
Lord Morton - Patron
Bill Scott - Convenor
Ted Tracey-Bower

The committee aims to keep the congregation informed at all times, and importantly would welcome and value input from members of the congregation.  It may well also co-opt members in relation to specific tasks in which they may have experience and/or expertise.

Click or tap HERE to read the Presentation to the Congregation on Behalf of the Vestry given by Alan Coupe (Rector’s Warden) on Sunday 29th May 2016.
   Click or tap HERE to read the Diocesan Mission Statement - mentioned in the above Presentation.

Revd Dr Bob Gould has been appointed as our Interim Pastor from the point of Deryck’s retirement. (Bob will NOT be an Interim Rector.)
Rev Dr Robert Gould
The role of an Interim Pastor is to:

1. accompany the Vacancy Committee as it develops a Mission Plan and Congregational Profile and generally enter into the process of appointment;
2. be there as a source of advice ‘on the end of a phone’ basis;
3. work with the Vestry to ensure that Sunday services are covered (not to do them all);
4. ensure that Occasional Offices are covered (again, not necessarily to do them).

Your Vacancy Committee has met on:

  • Monday, 23rd May 2016
  • Monday, 11th July 2016
  • Monday, 29th August 2016 and was the first attended by Revd Bob Gould.
  • Monday, 31st October 2016 with Bishop John.
  • Monday, 14th November 2016.
  • Monday, 28th November 2016: meeting with the Dean. Cancelled due to ill health of the Dean.
  • Monday, 23rd January 2017
  • Monday, 27th February 2017
  • Tuesday, 25th April 2017
  • Wednesday, 10th May 2017: meeting with the Dean.

Your Vacancy Committee completed the Congregational Profile, Rector Profile and Advertisement. These were approved by the new Dean and Bishop John and  we received the go-ahead from the Bishop to proceed with advertising the vacancy in the ‘Church Times’ and elsewhere on Monday, 13th March 2017. The advertising started appearing from 24th March with a closing date for applications of 30th April.

Wednesday 10th May. There has been a small number of requests for Application Forms but no applications yet received by the Vacancy Committee. We are re-advertising from 19th May with a new closing date of 7th July 2017.

Full details will be found via the Home Page of this website.

Click or tap HERE to read the Presentation to the Congregation on Behalf of the Vacancy Committee given by Alan Coupe (Rector’s Warden) on Sunday, 29th January 2017.

Please click/tap HERE for results from the Congregational Survey.

Please click/tap HERE for edited extracts of the very relevant sermon preached by
Revd Eileen Thompson on 6th November 2016


The Edge - Autumn 2016Please click/tap HERE for Autumn 2016 Edition of ‘The Edge’ which has details of our new ‘Bishop’s Mission Enabler’ on page 7.