RECTOR'S LETTER

Dear all,

The Dart and Avon Mission Community

The 1st of November saw the start of our new mission community as we joined with the parishes of South Brent and Rattery. In keeping with this we needed a new name as noted above. However, a name is just a name and what makes any kind of worshipping community is its people and their relationship with God and each other.

Over the past 10 months or so that this proposed new benefice has been discussed, planned, held up, re-discussed and now implemented, I have been really impressed by the positive way in which the respective Parochial Church Councils and congregations have embraced this new challenge. We have held interviews for a half-time vicar to cover South Brent and have now been able to announce the appoinment of the Revd Professor Gina Radford. We very much look forward to welcoming Gina to our team, although she will not be able to take up the post until next June.

Now, lots of people have been worried about the increased demands on the ministry team that this is likely to involve, but the situation is really not that bad, especially when the vacancy is filled. However, there will be a period of settling down which will inevitably mean that I am spread a little more thinly. This is where the team (and that includes every member of every parish) has been most helpful to me in their realistic and supportive attitude and I am fully confident that we have a fruitful and blessed future together.

Thanks again for all of your help and God bless,

Tom

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