Vacancy Updates

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the appointment has been made of the new incumbent for this benefice. We can confirm that, following a successful interview process with Bishop Andrew, the Area Dean, the representative from Churches together in Berkshire and the parish representatives from the benefice, the Rev. Anna Harwood has been appointed as the incumbent for the Benefice of Ruscombe and Twyford with Hurst. As many of you are aware she knows our benefice well as she served her curacy with us and we look forward to welcoming her to her new position.

She has served notice from her current position as Associate Rector at All Saints, Wokingham and will commence her term with us from some time in November this year. Dates for the licensing service are yet to be agreed and are subject to the availability of the Bishop and the Area Dean. In making this appointment, both the Diocese and the Deanery have committed to providing Anna with the support she will need as she faces the challenges of her first incumbency. 

Please pray for Anna as she leaves All Saints and prepares for her new role in our benefice.

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During the Period of Vacancy since the departure of our previous vicar, Revd Simon Howard, we have been through a process of thinking, praying and reflecting on where God is leading us as a Benefice and LEP, and the sort of person we need to work with us as we seek to follow God’s direction.

The outputs from this process were:

  • a Benefice Profile, which describes us – our churches, the area we live in and something about our vision and mission.
  • a Role Description, setting out in more detail the way in which we see the role of our future incumbent
  • a Person Specification – the sort of person we believe God is calling to join us in fulfilling his purposes among us.

You can find a link to a copy of the Benefice Profile on the front page of this website.

Please continue to pray for our Ministry Team, our Churchwardens and the PCCs of the Benefice as they lead us through the remaining few weeks until Anna's arrival.

The following updates describe the process we have been through during our Period of Vacancy:

Update 1 - 24 July 2016

Update 2 - 7 August 2016

Update 3 - 26 September 2016

Update 4 - 24 October 2016

Update 5 - 16 November 2016

Update 6 - 25 December 2016

Update 7 - 5 February 2017

Update 8 - 10 March 2017

Update 9 - 19 March 2017

Update 10 - 27 April 2017

Update 11 - 29 June 2017

Update 12 - 16 July 2017

We have two Vacancy Prayers which we are using throughout this process, both in our worship together and in our private prayers:

 Heavenly Father, you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, he will be among us and hear our prayer.

We pray for our churches St. James’s, St. Mary’s and St. Nicholas during this period of vacancy. 

We thank you for your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths and a strength in our lives and church community. 

Take us and with the power of the Holy Spirit, use us so that we may serve you and preserve and increase the faith of your people in Ruscombe, Twyford and Hurst until our new vicar is appointed. Amen

 And a prayer for the appointment process itself:

 Heavenly Father, we pray for the process of recruitment for a new vicar for our Benefice and LEP in Ruscombe, Twyford and Hurst.  May we be guided by the Holy Spirit in all our preparations for the appointment. 

We pray that you will be with all who consider coming here, so that at the end of the process, we find the right person, who in their turn is happy and willing to come here.  We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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