A celebration day for the ministry of South Holderness Deanery’s churches brought people together for the first time from across the deanery in October.
Implementation of the Deanery Plan drawn up as part of Living Christ’s Story has brought a major shift in the way the three full-time clergy in South Holderness are deployed; now one full-time minister serves the coastal town of Withernsea, another the town of Hedon, and all the 20 village parishes in between are served by the third full-time minister – hopefully soon to be assisted by two part-time priests.
While resources might seem stretched, it was felt that the deanery should embrace this challenge, and at the same time take the opportunity to look at, and give thanks for, what it has. For in addition to the full-time ministry, South Holderness is blessed to have a House for Duty Deanery Priest (available to assist with services but primarily working on special projects), two deacons (both of whom are expected to be ordained priest next year), and one active priest with the Archbishop’s Permission to Officiate.
One particular challenge in this extended church family is that many within the two towns and the village parishes congregations don’t know one another, so this day was planned to address that issue. At the same time, it was hoped to address the matter of generosity and how South Holderness can make a greater contribution to the Diocese’s Common Fund.