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St Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone

St Luke's Chiddingstone Causeway

Interregnum at St.Mary's and St.Luke's

The way forward

Two applicants were interviewed on 13 June but neither was offered the post of Priest-in-Charge. On the one hand, there is obvious disappointment that the interregnum continues; on the other hand, the Archdeacon has accepted that re-advertising should now take place without the dual role of working part-time for the Deanery. In other words, we can advertise solely for our own Parish Priest.

Diocesan statistics and policy mean that a parish of our size would not be entitled to a full-time priest even if we could afford one. We have voiced our concern regarding this situation and the Archdeacon is in discussion with the Bishop, who holds the authority during the current Suspension of Patron`s Rights. In the meantime, we have amended the Parish Profile and advertisement to reflect the single role of Priest-in-Charge and expect to re-advertise as soon as a decision is made.

Services

Our regular services are shown in the lower left panel on every page of this website. We continue to enjoy, and greatly appreciate, the time and thought given by the many visiting priests. This includes the weddings, funerals and christenings that require considerable planning and involvement of organists, bell-ringers, flower-arrangers, wedding co-ordinator and ‘back-of-house’ helpers. Our thanks go to all who enable such services to take place, whether for those in the parish or outside. The fees and collections form an important part of our church`s annual income.

PCC

A PCC meeting was held on Wednesday 6th June and our thanks go to Nigel Turner for standing in to take the Minutes of this meeting. Subsequently, a presentation of flowers and a cheque was made to Chloe Phillips, last Sunday, who recently stood down as PCC secretary for medical reasons, having served so diligently and knowledgeably for many many years. If anyone could assist us by volunteering for the role of Secretary, or part of it, we would be most grateful.

Rectory

The Diocese has recently arranged for a number of minor repairs and improvements to the Rectory following their official survey of the property.

St Mary`s screen

The high-level, drop-down screen in St Mary’s, which is currently used mainly by the Primary School, was repaired a few months ago (scaffold access and visiting repair company) but has since broken down again – the screen not lowering fully. Efforts continue to find a more effective solution than the current remote control/sensor and repeated scaffolding costs.

Reminders

Any wedding matters should continue to be addressed to our hard-working wedding co-ordinator, Sue Coleman (01892 870435).

Any pastoral matters should be addressed to the Pastoral Assistant, Carol Benton (01892 870483).

Any Christenings or other matters relating to St Mary's or St Luke's should go to the relevant churchwardens please (contact numbers in our local directory).