Last Sunday I announced that I will be leaving the parish at the end of the year. I have accepted the Archbishop of Canterbury's appointment as the Rector of the enlarged Saxon Shoreline Benefice in southern Kent (Diocese of Canterbury), on the northern border of the Romney Marsh, some seven miles from the coast. The benefice comprises of eight churches and seven parishes, with a good working model of partnership with the local Methodist circuit in one. The seven Anglican parishes have buildings of historic interest and architecture and fit their description of 'very rural' to a tee.
I have written a little further on the nature of the parishes and the work in the November magazine, which will be available next week, to your door.
Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare for the pain of leaving, the stress of moving and the anticipated joy of arriving! My last Sunday is yet to be determined, though it will be before the new year, shortly after which I will move.
Best wishes, and keep safe.
(Pictured is Aldington St Martin, the east-most parish of the benefice)