Our Christmas Day Services were poignant as they were the last services that Father Philip led before the Gray Family left our Parish.  We are all very grateful to Father Philip, Sue, Anthony and Bex for thirteen years of dedicated service to the Parish.

What happened next?

We have now entered a time of Interregnum.  This is a period of time between one Priest leaving and a new Priest joining us. During this time, we reflect upon the qualities we are looking for in our new Priest and also the opportunities and challenges that our Parish can offer to a prospective candidate.

What do we need to do?

We have elected two Parish Representatives who will work with our Wardens along with Father Oswin (our Patron), Bishop Toby and Archdeacon Andy in the recruitment of our new Priest.  The Parish Representatives are elected from the PCC.

We have prepared a Parish Profile that describes the Parish, our people, what it is that we do at St Margaret’s, our areas for improvement and the qualities we are looking for in our new Priest.

We are also preparing a Brochure which builds upon the information in the Profile to show the life of the Parish.

We need to follow a strict legal process which sets out a time scale for meetings and a process that is to be followed.  We will keep you updated.

What has happened and what happens next?

10th November 2020 – Parish Meeting (Zoom)

We were joined by Bishop Toby, Father Oswin (our Patron) and Archdeacon Andy for a Parish wide discussion.  Contributors spoke of their love of St Margaret’s and what it is that they appreciate

23rd November 2020 - Parish Meeting (Zoom)

In our second Parish meeting with Bishop Toby and Father Oswin, we were joined by Revd Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders, the Canon Precentor of Wakefield Cathedral and Revd Canon Paul Cartwright, member of The Society and Priest in charge at Grimethorpe with Brierley, Ryhill and South Kirkby.

25th December 2020

Father Philip’s final service at St Margaret’s Church.

12th January 2021 - PCC Meeting

The PCC voted to follow the usual recruitment process. The drafting of the Profile was led by Val Smith. The drafting of the Brochure was led by Ros Beeson.

9th February 2021 - PCC Meeting

The PCC met to discuss the candidates for the role of Parish Representatives.  It was agreed that Catherine Cheater and Catherine Gibson would be appointed.

23rd February 2021 – Section 11 Meeting

The Parish Profile was unanimously approved and can be found below. Catherine Cheater and Catherine Gibson were confirmed as Parish Representatives. It was agreed that the PCC would request:

  • A Section 12 meeting with Bishop Toby, Father Oswin (our Patron) and Archdeacon Andy.
  • that the Bishop provides a written statement describing, in relation to St Margaret’s, the needs of the diocese and the wider interests of the church. 
  • that the Bishop and Patron consider advertising the vacancy.



23rd March 2021 – Section 12 Meeting

We were joined by +Toby, Fr Oswin, Archdeacon Andy, Rev Mike Coe (our Area Dean) and Marilyn Banister (Lay Chair of the Deanery Synod).  We discussed:

  • The Bishop’s statement
  • Our Profile
  • Our Brochure

Update on 15th April 2021

After very careful debate and discussion, the documents required for the recruitment process have now all been finalised by the PCC and the advert for the vacancy has now been published in Pathways and on the Diocesan website. It can be found here and here

The closing date for applications will be 4th May with the interviews taking place on 21st May. The PCC will continue to update the website with any further information or can provide copies to anyone without internet access.

Please continue to pray for the applicants, Catherine Cheater and Catherine Gibson our Parish Representatives, and all those involved in the recruitment of our next Parish Priest.

During this period of change and uncertainty we pray for St Margaret’s and for the appointment of our next Priest. 

God our Father,
you have welcomed each one of us in Jesus
and called us to be his body in this place.
Send us your Holy Spirit,
at this time of uncertainty and change,
to fill us with vision and energy;
make us faithful in prayer and worship,
that we may be true to our calling
to bring new life to our community.
Guide with your heavenly wisdom
those who are to choose a new Incumbent for this parish,
that the one whom we receive
may be a wise and gentle shepherd of your people:
ready to serve us with joy, to build us up in faith,
and to lead us by example in loving obedience to your son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.