Glastonbury Deanery (Glastonbury Jurisdiction)
As well as being part of a Benefice (Glastonbury), St John the Baptist is also part of a Deanery (Glastonbury Jurisdiction).
A deanery consists of a number of benefices, several deaneries make up the Wells Archdeaconry. Because the deanery is a larger unit than either a parish or benefice, it takes a wider view of issues and relationships than the smaller unit is able to do. Glastonbury Jurisdiction consists of six benefices, stretching from the parish of Moorlinch in the west to Lydford on Fosse in the east, and from Meare in the north to Compton Dundon in the south. The Benefices are:
MOMSS - Middlezoy, with Othery and Greinton, Moorlinch, with Stawell and Sutton Mallet (The Revd. Andrea Harwood, priest-in-charge):
Polden Wheel – with churches at Ashcott, Burtle, Shapwick, Catcott, Chilton Polden, Edington (The Revd. Rich Tweedy, Vicar):
Street, with Walton and Compton Dundon (The Revd. Ana Lawrence, Rector):
Glastonbury St John, Glastonbury St Benedict and Meare St Mary (Prebendary David MacGeoch, Vicar and Area Dean):
Baltonsborough with Butleigh and West Bradley with West Pennard (The Revd. Chris Hopkins, Priest in Charge):
Wheathill Priory – Barton St David, Keinton Mandeville with Kingweston and Lydford on Fosse (The Revd. Jane Durham, Priest in Charge and Deanery Mission Enabler).
There are three lay people on the Deanery Synod representing St John’s. Members of Deanery Synod meet three or four times per year. In between there are meetings of the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group (DMPG) which may act as a Standing Committee.
Within the Diocese, Deaneries may be seen as ‘engines of change’ in that they work for wider mission in the area. The Diocesan Synod is elected from members of Deanery Synod, and members of Deanery Synod are the electorate for General Synod. The parishes within the deanery support each other, and draw on others strengths as appropriate.
Over the last few years, the Deanery has produced a Deanery Mission Plan, and from that we have appointed a half time Deanery Mission Enabler. This clergy post is a 50/50% post of Priest in Charge of Wheathill and Deanery Mission Enabler. The DME will help parishes or benefices with any mission or mission programme they wish to embark upon.
She enables, as the role description, rather than does. She also has a training role and runs courses for Worship and Pastoral Assistants (these are Diocesan roles). Also, in conjunction with the Diocese, pilgrimage walks are being developed.
From the Mission plan we focussed on our Schools, and following a Schools Audit, are working closely with all our schools, supporting and encouraging. Our vision is to see the marriage between churches and schools to be normal and natural.
There is a Deanery Intercessions leaflet which is produced two or three times per year. Parishes are asked to contribute to this.
Our Deanery Prayer:
thank you for giving us one another.
Help us, through Glastonbury deanery,
to rely on your grace
as we seek to live and tell your story in our communities.
Give us courage and imagination
so that your life may be known by all.