We are delighted that the Bishop of Chichester has announced the appointment of the Rev Herbert Bennett as an Associate Vicar to the benefice of St Anne’s, St Michael’s and St Thomas à Becket at Cliffe with All Saints in Lewes.
It is envisaged that Fr Herbert, who lives in Lewes, will assist principally at St Thomas’, leading our Sunday morning worship and working with us. He looks forward to getting to know the Cliffe area, and our congregation in particular, when he joins us later this year.
After forty distinguished years of ministry at St Thomas’, Brother George will continue to have a significant presence, continuing to underpin pastoral work and weekday worship, remaining integral to the life of the congregation and to the wider community, supported now by Fr Herbert.
Ordained in Chichester in 2016, Fr Herbert has served his curacy at St Mary’s in Kemp Town and is looking forward to continuing his ministry at St Thomas Speaking about his forthcoming ministry, Fr Herbert said: “I am delighted to have been offered, and have accepted, the position. Whilst I live in Lewes and work full-time in London, I am currently completing my curacy at St Mary’s Brighton but much look forward to meeting you all in due course.
“I am respectfully aware of the great legacy and longstanding faithful commitment of Brother George’s ministry at St Thomas’. Accordingly I wish to continue these foundations and serve the parish’s BCP tradition whilst welcoming Brother George to being a continuing part of the ministerial life at St Thomas à Becket. With very best wishes and prayers for you all at St Thomas’.”
Due to the current Covid-19 situation it is not yet known when Fr Herbert’s licensing service will take place but hopefully it might be possible to hold it in late June. Further details will be circulated once a date can be fixed.
Churchwarden Trevor Butler said of the appointment: “I know you will want to join me in praying for Fr Herbert as he prepares to come and join us at St Thomas’, and to ensure that he receives a warm welcome. Under his guidance the church can look to grow and to reach out further while ensuring we maintain our current worship and fellowship.”
Fr Herbert has a huge regard for the Book of Common Prayer: indeed he visits The Temple Church in London for BCP weekday services whilst he is working in the City, and also has Permission to Officiate in the London diocese.