From the Rector - New Curate

K MartinOn Sunday 18th November 2018, the following announcement from Bishop Nicholas was read in the Churches of The Shaftesbury team and in our own Benefice.

Fr Kevin Martin is leaving his Curacy in Shaftesbury in order to gain new experience in the Saint Bartholomew Benefice in the second half of his Curacy”.

The Rev’d Kevin will begin working in the Benefice on Monday 26th November 2018. This is a great opportunity for us, and I expect Kevin to be with us for a minimum of two years. In a few months time, he will move into the Curate’s house (“The Rectory”) in Donhead St Andrew but until then will travel from Shaftesbury.

His first Sunday will be Advent Sunday 2nd December. The Archdeacon reminds me that we need to do a service of welcome.

Services on 2nd December will now be as follows:

  • 9.45 am: Pilgrim East Knoyle.
  • 10.30 am: Welcome Eucharist at St John’s, Charlton, followed by refreshments.
  • 6.00 pm: Advent Carol Service, St Leonard’s, Semley. The Archdeacon of Sarum, The Ven. Alan Jeans, will be licensing The Rev'd Kevin at this service.

The Matins scheduled for 11.00 am at Donhead St Mary is cancelled.

Please make every effort to be there even if attending elsewhere that day, and please spread the word and encourage others to come.