The Deanery of Heytesbury
Heytesbury Deanery comprises the benefices in the Warminster, Westbury and Mere areas and acts as the link between Salisbury Diocese and the benefices. Each parish in the Deanery is represented by members both of the clergy and the laity. Lay members are elected to serve for a period of three years (a triennium). Synod normally meets three times in the year.
Bishop Nicholas, the former Bishop of Salisbury, has issued a challenge to congregations across the diocese to “Renew Hope” and to “Pray, Serve, Grow”. He has asked that we let him know how we are responding to his challenge. In recent synods we have been exploring the Church, picking out the many positive aspects of a church that may not be growing in numbers but is certainly growing in depth. Bishop Stephen, inaugurated as Bishop of Salisbury in 2022, wants to see the Church flourish and for there to be a thriving Christian presence in every parish and Deanery Synod is engaged in the work at diocesan level to develop a new strategy for the future
One way in which the modern Church is growing is through training lay church members to take on some of the responsibilities previously held exclusively by the clergy, as the number of ordained priests declines. This has been a slow evolution and for a number of years we have happily accepted the role that Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs) now have. In addition, a number of parishes in the deanery, have trained Lay Worship Leaders (LWL) ; to lead non-eucharist alternative services and fresh expression of church and it is hoped that the number of Lay Worship Leaders (LWLs) will grow and thereby take some of the load from incumbents in multi-church benefices.
Contact details for the Deanery are as follows:
Rural Dean Revd Caroline Husband Team. Vicar@whtministry.org.uk 01373 596 104
Assistant Rural Dean
Rev Lorraine Dobbins 01985 212 138