… a new Rector

After five years without an incumbent a new Rector should be joining us soon. The following announcement was read in the churches of the benefice on Sunday 1 March:

Following the recent interviews and in consultation with the Parish representatives, the Bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Prebendary Sharon Margaret Joan Crossman (Ronnie) to the post of Rector of the Benefice of Beckington with Standerwick with Berkley with Rodden with Lullington with Orchardleigh. This appointment is subject to a satisfactory completion of the standard DBS checks made on all clergy taking up a new post.

The PCC of Lullington and Orchardleigh has passed a resolution that arrangements be made for it in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; therefore alternative sacramental and pastoral provision will be made for that parish.

Details of a Service of Welcome and Institution will be announced in due course.

Please hold Ronnie in your prayers as she prepares to begin a new ministry among us. We expect Ronnie to arrive in the Benefice in the summer.