During 2012 the Oundle Deanery recommended to the Diocese of Peterborough that two new groups of churches should be formed, one based on the current Nassington group of parishes and one based on the King’s Cliffe, Bulwick, Blatherwycke and Laxton group.
Our PCCs have agreed to this recommendation and from May our current Benefice will also include the villages of Collyweston and Easton-on-the-Hill. To enable this to take place I have given up my responsibilities with the Diocesan Board of Education, including the advisor work to schools on Religious Education that I have been involved with since 1998. I will of course miss this work but it does seem to be the right time to move on and now become full-time in Parish ministry to serve our group of six villages.
Karin and David are also committed to this new ministry, recognising the new challenges it brings for each of us. We are grateful that there are a number of retired clergy across the new Benefice who will be able to assist us in ministry and in Sunday worship. We also recognise that additional lay involvement in leading worship and pastoral care will be important as we seek to strengthen ministry in each community.
We have now a Benefice plan which highlights specific areas for development. The growing of the pastoral community is central to this, and this is supported by our Benefice Pastoral Group. This year they have organised a food basket for the back of King’s Cliffe Church and liaised with Oundle Mind and Bromford Housing Support who provide essential support for a number of people in our communities. Karin has been particularly involved with supporting Katy Weeks and the work of Underground. King’s Cliffe PCC have supported the training of Chris Klompas as a youth intern. He has been working at Underground and also as a classroom assistant at the Middle School. We work very closely with all our local schools and support them through taking assemblies, leading special services and contributing to RE lessons. Along with many others in our communities we recognise the great responsibility we share of providing the foundation for children’s learning and development through our local schools across the Benefice and the way they are preparing children for life in our complex world