Following the departure of Reverend Stephen Agnew on 6th May the parish of Claines
is now in a temporary period of being without a Priest, known as Interregnum (“between
The legal responsibility for the Church will now rest with the Church Wardens, Phil
Kear and Rachel Cramp, supported by the PCC.
As part of the process for appointing a successor the parish will be completing a
parish profile, a person specification and a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses,Opportunities,
We wish to fully engage the parish in this process and seek your views, feedback
We will use this page to keep you informed of progress and also to provide an opportunity
for you to make your comments on the key documents as they develop.
We are pleased to announce that the date for Revd. Jo Musson’s Licensing Service
has been agreed.
It is to take place at St John Baptist Church, Claines, at 3pm on Sunday 3rd March
and will be followed by a reception and refreshments at St George’s, Barbourne. The
Service of Licensing will be led by Bishop David Walker of Dudley. Further information
will be available in Church
New Priest in Charge Announced for Claines
Since Revd Stephen Agnew moved from Claines to St Mary’s, Old Swinford, in May, there
has been a period of vacancy.
After much consultation with the Churchwardens and the PCC, the Bishop proposed that
due to re-organisation within the Deanery, a new Vicar would be the Priest in Charge
at St John Baptist, Claines and Curate in Charge at St George’s, Barbourne. The
Bishop put forward a preferred candidate whom both the PCCs at Claines and St George’s
agreed to interview.
The candidate visited the two Churches and toured the two Parishes on Monday 12 November,
meeting some key people from the congregations. On Wednesday 14 November following
a Eucharist at St George’s for both Churches, a short act of family worship took
place led by the candidate, to which representatives from the PCCs and children from
the local schools attended.
Following this a full interview took place at Claines Church. Two elected representatives
from Claines PCC and two from St George’s PCC, who were the decision makers, and
a further 5 people including Revd Canon Dr Stuart Currie, Rural Dean and Archdeacon
Roger Morris made up the interview panel.
We are pleased to publish here an announcement from Archdeacon Roger Morris, which
was read out in Church on Sunday 18 November.
The Bishop of Worcester is pleased to announce that he has offered the appointment
of Priest in Charge of Claines St John Baptist and Curate in Charge of Worcester
St George and St Mary Magdalene to the Revd Jo Musson, and the offer has formally
Jo is currently Assistant Curate in the parish of Redditch Christ the King ( The
Bridge Church, previously St Luke’s Headless Cross). Jo is married to Adrian; they
have three daughters and one granddaughter. Prior to ordination Jo was Bishop’s Adviser
for Children’s Ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham and before that she worked for
British Gas as a Project Manager.
A date for the licensing has yet to be finalised.
14th October UPDATE ON VACANCY
We are pleased to be able give you an update on the vacancy.
Over the summer we completed the Parish Profile, which is an excellent summary of
everything we do at Claines Church. There is to be a paper copy of the profile
in Church, which you are welcome to browse through and the profile cab be found on
the website, below. As the appointment will be shared equally between Claines and
St George’s, Archdeacon Roger Morris asked Claines and St George’s to put together
a Joint Person Specification, against which any candidate will be measured at interview.
This was completed in September.
Whilst we still await some paperwork from the Bishop’s Office, we were asked to hold
what is known as a Section 11 Meeting of the PCC and at that, Rachel and Phil were
elected as the two people who will represent Claines at any interview.
The Bishop has put forward a “Preferred Candidate” which the PCC has agreed we should
interview. This will take place on Wednesday 14 November. For this candidate to
be appointed Claines two representatives and St George’s two representatives must
all agree. If they do not agree, an advertisement for a Priest in Charge will be
placed in the Church Times.
In the meantime a planning application has been submitted by the Diocese for work
to raise the Vicarage roof and there are plans to make changes to the layout of the
downstairs and to undertake some refurbishment.
We have completed the Full Parish Profile and Person Specification. You can download
On Tuesday 3 July, Archdeacon Roger Morris will be attending a PCC meeting. He has
asked for this meeting and we hope that following the meeting we will have an update
about the vacancy at Claines.
The Archdeacon will be at Claines for the All Age Service at 11 o'clock on Sunday
9 September and also for the Eucharist, on Bible Sunday, at 11 o'clock on 21 October. After
these services the Archdeacon is very happy to talk about the vacancy with members
of the congregation and will try to answer any questions people may have.
24th May update
We are pleased to inform you that the SWOT analysis was completed by a working group
chaired by Mr Phil Kear - Churchwarden, and that it was ratified by the PCC and forwarded
to Archdeacon Roger Morris on Saturday 19 May.
The first meeting of the group working on a person specification, Chaired by Mrs
Ann Sansome took place on Tuesday 22 May and the Parish Profile Group, chaired by
Mrs Rachel Cramp - Churchwarden, will meet shortly.
Archdeacon Roger Morris will be preaching at the 11 o'clock service on Sunday 27
May - Pentecost, and he will be very happy to speak to parishioners after the service. He
will also be at the 11 o'clock service on Sunday 24 June.
Rachel Cramp, Church Warden
Parish Meeting May 8th:
Approximately 35 members of the parish listened to the details of the process we
will be going through to secure a new appointment. The draft SWOT was discussed
and groups were established to lead the development of the person specification and
Parish Profile Coordinator: Rachel Cramp
Person Specification Coordinator: Ann Sansome
SWOT Analysis Coordinator: Phil Kear
More updates to follow
Prayer for the Interregnum
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, energy,
and faithfulness in prayer,
that we may be true to our calling
to bring new life to our community;
And guide with your heavenly wisdom
those who are to choose a new Incumbent for this parish,