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Felicity laying down her stole at the end of her last service

Vacancy Update

On the 30th June the vicar of St. Peter’s for the last 17 years, Canon Felicity Lawson, officially retired. This means that St. Peter’s and our sister church, Drighlington St. Paul’s, are beginning a period without a vicar. This period is called an interregnum and during this time the two churches will be required to produce a Parish Profile which will form the basis for recruiting our Vicar of the United Benefice of Drighlington St. Paul’s and Gildersome, St. Peter’s.

A small working group has been set up to put together all the information required to produce a Parish Profile. This includes a detailed breakdown of the attendance at services, the number of communicants, the number of children, information about lay ministry, a snapshot of what our community is like, our ‘traditions’, our activities, our finances, outreach and mission and what we are looking for in a new priest. The group has met several times and with the St. Paul’s group to put together the required information.

Once the Parish Profile has been approved by the Archdeacon a meeting will be called between the PCCs of both churches, the patrons of each church (the Vicar of Batley in the case of St. Peter’s) and the Bishop (or his representative) to discuss any issues relating to the Parish Profile and to clarify the Person Specification and Job Description.