Finding the right leader – Following Guy’s departure, we need to find a new vicar to lead St Mark’s. It is the responsibility of the PCC to produce a parish profile – a document describing the St Mark’s vision, the kind of person we are looking for to enable us to pursue that vision and information to help applicants understand more about our church.
Listening to God – at the heart of this process is listening to God and we are urging everyone in our St Mark’s family to pray into this process over the coming weeks and seek to hear what God might be saying to us. What kind of leader does God want us to search for?
Who, where, what? – you can pray on your own, in pairs, triplets, small groups or communities. Take the initiative and ask others to join you in prayer. Why not try all the options? And pray wherever is convenient – at home, at church, walking the dog, on your sun lounger …. Whoever you’re with and wherever you are – choose an aspect of the life of St Mark’s, read about it on the website and pray into it, asking God to speak to you about our new vicar through that area of church life.
Gathering in prayer – from September there will be 5 prayer gatherings for the whole church to come together and pray for the process of finding a new vicar. We will gather from 7.30pm to 9pm on:
Wednesday 25 September
Thursday 24 October
Monday 25 November
Sunday 8 December
Tuesday 7 January
When and how can I respond? – The preliminary draft of the parish profile needs to be ready for the PCC’s meeting with the Archdeacon on Monday 2 September. To allow us time to consider and weigh the thoughts you share with us we need to receive your feedback by Sunday 18 August.
You can share your thoughts by clicking here and completing the form. Alternatively, you can complete a paper copy of the form and leave it in the Church Office. Click here to download a paper copy.
How might God speak to me during this time and what might I have to share? We believe that the Holy Spirit works in and through each of us and that this can be through words, pictures, scripture, visions. However you feel God is communicating with you about the new vicar please share it with us.