National focus on role of South Norfolk rural vicar
National newspaper The Guardian has highlighted the role of South Norfolk vicar Rev Sally Gaze, who is responsible for six parishes and seven listed churches alongside home groups and community initiatives.
Sally leads the Tas Valley Team Ministry in South Norfolk and this week's Guardian feature says she is typical of declining numbers of rural clergy looking after an increasing number of churches each, which means that at times like Christmas, resources are very stretched.
An ambitious £200,000 restoration plan and community hub initiative at St Mary’s in Newton Flotman is another responsibility for Sally.
“Within living memory – maybe 50 years ago – there was one vicar for each church in this patch,” said Sally. “Now there’s a lot of ministry that I’m not personally doing. But the whole church is ministering in these villages, not just the vicar. One of the great advantages of rural churches is creating a sense of family. Everyone is involved.”
Read the rest of this feature at TheGuardian.com
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Pictured above is Rev Sally Gaze.