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Four rural parishes, comprising of 6 churches five miles west of Shrewsbury, make up the Ford Group of Parishes in Hereford Diocese. The parishes span the border and are part of the Pontesbury Deanery Group Ministry. Set in lovely countryside, the large vicarage is located in Ford village, which has a Primary School, Village Hall, Mini Super- market, petrol station and several places to dine serving good food. Fitness and swimming facilities are available at the very popular Castle County Club.
The six churches offer history, beauty, and simplicity. Each has something different to offer as a key part of the community. We are happy and blessed to live in this area and are looking for an individual or family to join us, to share our home and help us grow spiritually. The ministry in our schools has been successful, but we have more work to do to reach out across the generations and to grow our congregations.
We can offer an effective and forward thinking Pontesbury Deanery team. In our group ministry the incumbent of each benefice in the group has authority to minister throughout the group, and to perform offices and services which may be performed by an incumbent in all the benefices It's the duty of all the incumbents to assist each other so as to make the best possible provision for the cure of souls throughout the area of the group ministry. Each of us have our own parish base and also aim as benefice clergy to bring to the table interests, experience and skills we can offer to benefit the Deanery as a whole.
You will also receive a warm welcome and support from our church team. Each Church has a full PCC and Churchwardens in place and we also have a lay Reader and an SSM
Our Deanery Intergenerational Missioner Mark is funded by the Diocese to work 80% in the Deanery and 20% in the Diocese following the Diocesan strategy of Connect, Engage, Commit and Grow. His aim is to work across the Deanery with all ages, particularly with young families.
Our team has completed their safeguarding training and a safeguarding team is in place.
Our website is near completion, we use social media and have an award winning parish magazine
Our Deanery is not without its challenges in mission and ministry, but we find it a good place to be, and we receive excellent support from PTO and SSM clergy, Readers and lay teams; there are many opportunities here for growth. We don’t yet have all the answers, but we do feel we’re moving in the right direction! It will be good to complete the Deanery “team”, as together we re-imagine and reformulate the ministry to which God is calling us.