York Circuit: Pastoral Charges from 2017
The plans for pastoral charge were discussed at Circuit Council on Monday 19th September. There will be significant adjustments involved due to the unusually high number of staff who were involved in the re-invitation process this summer.
The Revds Chris Humble, Sue Swires and Philip Turner all decided not to seek re-invitation and are therefore due to leave the circuit in the summer of 2017. In addition, Deacon Ian Cartwright has retired early on health grounds. We are very glad that Deacon Corinne Brown has joined the team for this year but she will be appointed to a new station as of September 2017.
At the Circuit Council, the re-invitations of Revd Andy Lindley (for five years) and Revd Elizabeth Cushion (for two years) were confirmed.
The Circuit Invitation Committee resolved that we should seek through stationing a Deacon, a Probationer Presbyter and an Ordained Presbyter. This was primarily on the basis of the continuing Connexional position of there not being sufficient presbyters to fill all the appointments sought.
Set out below are the pastoral charges and arrangements now anticipated for September 2017:
- The Revd Elizabeth Cushion will remain in pastoral charge of her existing churches, and the Circuit will appoint a Lay Worker to offer time alongside Elizabeth recognising the demands of this section. The Lay Worker will also potentially have a role at Shipton.
- The Revd Julia Skitt will continue to have pastoral charge of Acaster Malbis, Bishopthorpe and Copmanthorpe and will take on Stillingfleet.
- The Revd Rory Dalgliesh will take pastoral charge of Central, for an initial period of 2 years, in addition to his role as University of York Chaplain and at Heslington. We are seeking a City Centre Deacon to work out of Central and it is anticipated that Rory and the new Deacon will work collaboratively.
- The Revd Andy Lindley will continue to have pastoral charge of Acomb, Holgate and West Thorpe, and in addition will take on Southlands. The Circuit recognises the heavy load of this section and will appoint a Lay Pastoral Worker in this Connexional year to work alongside Andy.
- The Revd Ian Hill will move across the Circuit to have pastoral charge of Poppleton, Rufforth, Hessay and Lidgett, on the anticipation that a re-invitation to 2022 is offered by the Circuit. This re-invitation process will be undertaken in the next couple of months.
- The Revd John Schofield will continue to have pastoral responsibility for Trinity and Clifton in his second year as a probationer presbyter.
- The Revd Leslie Newton will continue to have pastoral charge of Huntington, Strensall, Thornton Le Clay and maintain a role at Clifton Moor LEP.
- A probationer presbyter will be sought for Heworth, Dunnington and Stamford Bridge.
- An ordained presbyter will be sought for Haxby & Wigginton and New Earswick.
It is important to be clear about the plans for September 2017, and I would be grateful for your prayers as we enter the stationing processes for three ministers. We very much hope that the arrangements set out above will give stability for the coming few years. However, it is also important to recognise that we are just at the start of this connexional year and we should now seek to be entirely committed to the ministry currently being offered and in which we all share. May we continue through this year to seek God’s guidance, inspiration and encouragement as we together look to our Growth in Christ.
Revd Leslie Newton