Information on the Interregnum and our search for a new Rector...
We are looking for a new Rector
A well-organised benefice of five parishes situated between Newbury and Reading in Berkshire. We were established 10 years ago and know we are better together.
A priest who is inclusive and open, with a faith rooted in prayer and sacrament. Someone who will enjoy nurturing our different gifts and talents, and will work collaboratively with lay and ordained colleagues. Someone who is able to communicate in word and action the breadth, depth and height of God’s love for all: schoolchild and pensioner, occasional visitor and loyal church goer. Someone who can take us forward in our faith and ministry.
Find out more at https://www.oxford.anglican.org/rector-benefice-aldermaston-woolhampton-archdeaconry-berkshire/ where you can download the benefice profile, application form and application guidance notes.
Becky's thank you letter
Thank you so much to all in the Aldermaston and Woolhampton benefice for the wonderful send-off you gave Phillip and I last month. Words cannot express our gratitude for your kindness and generosity. The picture you gave us capturing so many happy memories of the last seven years is already up in my new study, and we could not believe the enormous sum of money given for new robes. We are overwhelmed and humbled.
We warmly invite you to come to my service of licensing at St George’s Wash Common on Wednesday 4 October at 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see lots of familiar faces.
With heartfelt thanks and every blessing,
Becky and Phillip Bevan
The second photo is the picture I took from the pulpit on 30 July!
General information re the Interregnum
What happens now we have no rector?
Under the rules of the Church of England the church wardens of our five parishes and the Area Dean are responsible for the management and running of the churches and their work during the vacancy.
When will we have a new rector?
The process for advertising, interviewing and appointing a new rector cannot start until the vacancy starts officially. This is when Revd. Becky is licensed to her new parishes on 4th October. After that date, there will be formal meetings (initiated in the first instance by the Diocese) between the churchwardens and patrons of our six churches.
Only then can the work of advertising and recruiting a new rector begin in earnest and will take some months to complete.
It is therefore likely that the earliest time a new Rector could arrive in the benefice is Spring 2018.
How will we manage?
Becky developed and leaves behind a strong ministry team who, with everyone’s help and prayers, will continue to run the Sunday services, weddings, funerals, baptisms and other activities in the benefice.
Please click here for who to contact during this time.
Becky leaving announcement
An important announcement:After nearly seven years, Becky, our Rector, is moving on. She has been offered and has accepted the post of Vicar of St George and St John Newbury. Whilst she will leave us with a touch of sadness in our hearts it is also with all our best wishes for the future journey ahead of her.
Becky’s final service here will be a Benefice Communion at 3:00pm on Sunday 30 July in St Mary’s Church, Aldermaston. This will be followed by a “send-off” celebration in Aldermaston CofE Primary School. Everyone welcome. Should you wish to make a donation to Becky’s leaving present please contact your local churchwarden. Their details can be found at the back of the magazine or at the foot of each church’s page on the website.
As we all prepare for this forthcoming change do hold Becky, Phil and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they gear up for this new chapter in their lives.
A Prayer for the Benefice during the Interregnum
Almighty God hold us in your loving care, lead us in the way of your son Jesus Christ, and send your Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us in this time of uncertainty and change.
Help us Lord during the interregnum:
- to use the gifts and talents you have given to each of us for your glory,
- to seek your wisdom in prayer before we make decisions, and
- to encourage and care for each other.
Give wisdom and discernment to those charged with finding our new Rector and help us all to look forward with hope for the person who will serve us with joy, lead us by example, and enable us all to work together for the building of your kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord