With the induction and installation recently of the Revd Gavin Cooper as Rector of St Mary's and St Martin's, Stamford, the deanery is now fully staffed with full-time stipendiary incumbents in every benefice, together with three stipendiary assistant curates. It is a very long time indeed since we had so many clergy available to lead the mission and ministry of the Church in Stamford. The curates, of course, are only "passing through" in training and will not be with us for many years, but for now we have enough staff, alongside retired colleagues who help out and an army of active laypeople, to make a real difference in the deanery.
Revised Safer Recruitment Guidance
New guidance on recruitment of volunteers and paid staff has been issued by our diocesan safeguarding team following national policy, and it is important all parishes pay due regard to this guidance. Synod members have been sent the guidance, and it is available here as a pdf file:
Download Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance 2016
Clergy moves in the deanery
The Revd Aran Beesley, an Assistant Curate at Stamford All Saints, was ordained priest in the summer alongside several others in the Diocese by the Bishop of LOncoln in our Cathedral. All our curates are now priests and are available for the full range of parish ministry.
We are hoping to see the Revd Gavin Cooper inducted as Rector of the benefice of Stamford St Mary and St Martin soon, bringing to an end a long period of uncertainty in many of the parishes of our deanery, for all our parish priests will then be incumbents.
The Revd Mark Thompson, who was helping with some parishes in the Uffington Group while their Rector the Revd Carolyn Kennedy was unwell, has now moved to take up an incumbency at Quarrington.
Two new priests, one new deacon
In 2015 the Bishop of Lincoln ordained the Revd Lis Ward and the Revd Nikki Mann as priests to continue to serve at St George's and All Saints' resepctively, and the Revd Aran Beesley was ordained deacon to serve at All Saints'. With no vacant incumbencies in the deanery and four stipendiary assistant curates we have as many clergy as we're ever likely to have, so it is to be hoped that the mission and ministry of the Church in this corner of Lincolnshire with forge forward with renewed vigour, but don't leave it all to the clergy: all are called to be disciples and God has a history of using ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
More Lay Ministers Authorized
On Sunday evening 8th March, appropriately the feast day of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln 1885-1910, at a choral evensong at Stamford All Saints, our Rural Dean authorized on the Bishop's behalf another five Lay Ministers to do pastoral work and lead worship in the parishes of the deanery. All have completed the Parish Foundation Course and at least one ministry training module. Two of the present candidates have since studied one further module and will receive further authority in due course.
Together with our increased number of stipendiary clergy we are now able to offer across the deanery much more pastoral care and considerably more worship opportunity.