The rationale behind the diocesan proposals is as follows:
The All Saints, Pontefract benefice’s priest-in-charge left in May 2016 and it was decided that this benefice should be held in plurality with St Giles, Pontefract. This has allowed time and flexibility for the two benefices to start to work together under a single priest and to share mission and ministry across the two benefices.
It is now felt that the time is right to move towards formally uniting the benefices to provide a united and co-ordinated provision for mission and ministry in this important historic market town.
Publication of this draft Scheme has been approved by the Church Commissioners but does not mean that they have taken a view on the merits of the diocesan case.
If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will send all representations, both for and against, to the Bishop whose views will be sought. Individual representors will then receive copies of the Commissioners’ correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and they may comment further in writing to the Commissioners in light of the diocesan response if they so wish.
If there are no representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will make the Scheme and arrange for it to be brought into effect.
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