Appointment of The Revd Mark Bridgen as Team Rector
On Sunday, 19 April 2020, the Bishop of Rochester and the Patronage Board of the West Sevenoaks Team Ministry were pleased to announce that, subject to the usual legal formalities, The Revd Mark Bridgen, at present Rector of All Saints, Paston, will be the first Team Rector of the newly-established West Sevenoaks Team Ministry.
Mark is married to Karen who works in community care and they have four children. He has spent time in Zimbabwe and undertaken ministry in a variety of urban and rural settings, including Kidderminster, Norwich, Longbridge in Birmingham, Wednesbury and the villages in Staffordshire, before his present appointment in Peterborough.
Mark is really looking forward to taking up this post and to getting to know everyone in the three parishes. He is likely to be instituted and inducted in late July/August, although this is entirely dependent upon Covid-19 restrictions. He would very much appreciate your prayers for himself and his family at this time.
Licensing of The Revd Anne Bourne as Associate Rector
With the agreement of all 3 PCCs, The Revd Anne Bourne was licensed by the Archdeacon of Tonbridge on 15th April as Associate Rector of the West Sevenoaks Team Ministry. This appointment is made on an interim basis, part-time, for 12 months, to support all 3 parishes within the West Sevenoaks Team Ministry during this time of crisis and whilst recruitment to substantive posts remains delayed.