It is now six months since our Rector, Steve Rothwell, left Gamlingay, and one question which I am asked more than any other is: “When are we getting a new Rector?” So I thought that I would take this opportunity to let you all know just where we are in the process. In last September’s issue of the Gazette I did outline the process and anticipate some of the questions which would be asked. So just how far are we in that process and are we on target to find a new Rector by the end of this year?
The process is a lengthy one and your two churchwardens and their colleagues at Everton are working tirelessly to ensure that we are on track.
The first thing which has to be done is to create a parish profile. In effect, this is a description of who we are, where we are and what we want. It needs to be a comprehensive document without being too wordy so that somebody who might be interested in coming gets a good feel of what we are about. Inevitably this takes time to produce but I am pleased to report that we are well on the way with the task. Once that has been completed we are then in a position to seek a new Rector for Gamlingay, Hatley and Everton. Advertisements will have to be placed, applications sorted, a short list produced and interviews arranged. The person appointed will have to give three months’ notice to leave their current position so looking at the whole process it is not difficult to see why it takes so long.
Great care has to be taken in making the appointment. It is not like appointing somebody for a typical 9-5 job. Whoever comes here will live in the community and be part of the community 24/7. We at the Parish Church are confident that, if all goes according to plan, we should have a new Rector in place by the end of the year. But things don’t always go according to one’s best laid plans of course, so it just might take longer, but I can assure you that our priority will be to make absolutely sure that the right person is appointed. After all, you may not be a regular church attender but you never know when you just might need a priest.
With best wishes to you all.
Licensed Lay Minister and Churchwarden