Consultation regarding the proposal to unite the parishes of Penshurst, Fordcombe, Chiddingstone and Chiddingstone Causeway, and to combine the parishes of St Mary’s, Chiddingstone and St Luke’s, Chiddingstone Causeway closed on 8 March and the Pastoral Scheme has now been approved and came into effect on 1 April 2021.
The new Benefice is called ‘The Benefice of Penshurst, Fordcombe and the Chiddingstone Churches’.
Recruitment of the first Rector of the new benefice is underway. The advertisement can be viewed on the Church of England recruitment site, Pathways. You can download a copy of the Benefice Profile by clicking download or following this link.
A shortlist of candidates has been selected and will soon be making a brief visit to each of the parish churches. Interviews are scheduled for mid-June.