Vacancy News & Information

The Benefice is now in a vacancy which means that there is no Vicar, so we need to rely on retired priests to take services. The Churchwardens are responsible for ensuring that services are held and, with the PCCs, to ensure that the life of the church is maintained.

Below is a list of news and information about how the vacancy is progressing and in due course the selection of a new Vicar.

Sunday 21 November 2021

Update on vacancy

Dear Fellow Members of the Churches of Milborne Port Benefice,

We have promised to keep you updated with any information we received from the Diocese about the vacancy.

We have now been informed that the Diocese is absolutely committed to having a Vicarage in the village which is great news for us since clearly they would not be making this commitment if they did not intend to replace the incumbent.

The housing committee for the Diocese visited The Vicarage last month.  They have concluded that it is not financially feasible to refurbish The Vicarage – as discussed at the PCC this would cost over £200k and that is money that the Diocese simply does not have.  £200k is in effect the salary of 7 incumbents for one year and we know the pressure on the Diocese to cut clergy posts.  It is much better stewardship of Diocesan funds to spend the money on clergy rather than on refurbishing property.

The Diocese therefore proposes to sell the current vicarage and replace it with another family home that is more economical to run and manageable.  They absolutely guarantee that this will happen and are actively seeking properties that meet the criteria for clergy housing. By doing this they make the vacant post much more attractive to potential applicants many of whom would have been put off by the cost of running the current vicarage and managing its gardens even if it had been refurbished. 

We wanted to let you know this news before any rumours began to circulate.

It is such a relief to know that the incumbency will be advertised and that the Diocese are doing all they can to help us attract good candidates.

We will also let the congregations know this update on Sunday during the services.

Nicki Edwards, Jacquie Hall, Charlie Beney and Trudy West


Thursday 21 October 2021

Preliminary Meeting regarding the Vacancy

Notes from a meeting on 11th October with the Archdeacon of Wells and others, attended by members of the three PCCs and retired priests. The meeting covered preparation of the Profile and responsibilities during the vacancy.

Benefice Profile Discussion

Thank you to everyone who attended the Benefice discussion and contributed their ideas towards the compilation of the Profile document required for the recruitment of a new Incumbent for this Benefice.

It is not too late to suubmit your comments and suggestions or for those who attended, any additional inspiration you have had.

Nicki prefaced this activity by reminding us of the words of the Prayer of St Teresa of Avila

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

The following questions were addressed by those who attended on Sunday 17th October and we would love to receive any additional comments and ideas.  What are we good at?

  • What does our community need more of from us?
  • What kind of leader are we looking for?
  • What can we offer our new Vicar?
  • How could the parishes in our Benefice work more closely together?
  • What are the biggest challenges for our community?

We would greatly value your contribution

Many thanks
Nicki, Jacquie, Charlie and Trudy (churchwardens)

Wednesday 25 August 2021

Sarah leaves the benefice

The Revd Sarah Godfrey has now left Milborne Port after 7 years as Rector. She will be licensed as Team Vicar of the Golden Cap Benefice on 7th September.  We wish her well in her new job.

For the foreseeable future, the Milborne Port churches will be in a vacancy.