Deaneries review

This review began in June 2000; the First Report was published in June 2003 and the Second in March 2005.  It contained 100 pages of text and should be read in full by church members to understand the whole story, which was not reported in the press.

The process will continue back and forth between the Bishop of Chichester, the Diocesan Pastoral Committee and the Parish priests and P.C.C.s, then on to the Church Commissioners, the Advisory Board for Redundant Churches and, finally, to Her Majesty in Council with appeals to the Privy Council Judicial Committee.

The finances for 2004 in Hove Deanery showed that the gap between Parish Ministry Costs and the income from Parish Contributions amounted to £3 per week for each church member, which did not include building maintenance costs.

It is proposed that this imbalance be equalised by forming Group Ministries, three in Hove Deanery: Central Hove, Portslade & Western Hove and Southwick & Shoreham, and Church closure for Holy Trinity Blatchington Road, St. Barnabas Sackville Road and St. Leonard Blatchington Road (also St. Julian, Kingston Buci).

The Group Ministries will be staffed by three priests for Central Hove’s four churches and six and a half priests and one first post curate for Portslade & West Hove’s eight churches. St. Patrick’s Hove has special consideration to reflect its unique ministry, which will continue in partnership with St. Michael & All Angels Brighton and involves dividing the parish with a boundary west of Cambridge Road, etc. going to St. John's.

In addition to the three churches above designated for closure, All Saints falls "Under Review," having time, usually three years, to improve its circumstances.

From John Ayles - Committee.