Statement on the Clergy Vacancy in the Benefice of Mere, West Knoyle and Maiden Bradley:
Following the departure of The Rev’d Carol Green to a new post in Devon, the Archdeacon of Sarum has met with the three Parochial Church Councils [PCCs] to plan the vacancy. The oversight of the three parishes will be led by the Rural Dean, The Rev’d Pauline Reid, who is based in Longbridge Deverill. The ongoing pastoral care of the three communities, together with church services, will be met by local ministers wherever possible.
The Church Wardens, and PCC members will work with the Archdeacon to produce a statement of needs for future mission and ministry and it is hoped that this will be part of a local consultation, and shared widely. As with all parishes across the Diocese at present, there will need to be some consideration of potential changes of boundaries and ministry workloads, as well as the future funding of ministry. In order to maximise the income for future ministry, the Archdeacon aims to let the Vicarage in Mere during this vacancy.
The Church Wardens and Archdeacon will advise on progress when the way ahead is clearer.
Farewell service for Rev Carol Green for Pentecost. People from across the Benefice of Mere with West Knoyle and Maiden Bradley and community gathered to say goodbye to Carol after serving here for 8 1/2 years. She was given a beautiful hamper basket and generous gift vouchers for books and Waitrose. She thanked them for the gifts and their prayers and support over the years. She said: “Always know that God loves you as you care for each other and your community. “
Carol is looking forward with Mark to moving to Teignmouth for a new challenge and chapter. Her licensing service at St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth is on Tuesday 27th July at 7pm. She would be glad to see you there.
The St Michael’s Church refurbishments, which will open the church up to more community use, have now been finished. New loos, new kitchenette, an upgrade to the main entrance and improvement to the front of the nave were the plans which were concluded in the early part of this year. In order for these works to be done we are particularly grateful to all those who have given generous donations and to the funders – Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, the Fudge Trust and Garfield Weston for their support.
Click here to go to the Current Events page for photos of the works
The parishioners of St Michael’s are an active and friendly group of Christians who enjoy the fellowship of worshipping together in the Anglican tradition and helping each other to find and grow our faith. We also help and support each other in our daily needs and reach out to others in the wider community.
Mere is a large village of about 2,600 in Wiltshire, England, set in the southwestern tip of Salisbury Plain, close to the borders of Dorset and Somerset. Parts of our church building date from the 11th century, and it attracts many visitors because of its interesting architectural and historical features.
The website tells the St Michael’s story in four main sections:
We have regular services on Sunday and also during the week. We also hold other occasional services that appeal to special interests and tastes. You can also find out about our music, our activities for children and young people and other adult groups.
Groups and community
St Michael’s runs many church-related activities in the main building and also in the Grove Building across the street. Other groups use it for their meetings, concerts, exhibits and comings-together. Here is what they do, with links and contacts to help you find out more.
Building and History Like all old buildings, our ancient church shows the history of Mere’s Christian community in stone, hewn and carved wood, stained glass and brass. Find out why so many church guide books single it out for listing.
St Michael’s currently has no priest-in-charge. Churchwardens, a Parochial Church Council (PCC) and other lay people currently run the church during the interregnum. See who is in charge of the parish and how to contact them.
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