From 21st January 2017 Revf Mike Coe, the Rural Dean for Hastings, will be appointed as interim Priest in Charge for the parish of St Leonards and St Ethelburga.

Here is the announcement from the Bishop of Lewes, Rt Rev Richard Jackson:-

Announcement of Rev. Mike Coe as interim Priest in Charge of St. Leonards and St. Ethelberga's, St. Leonards
Dear Friends
Following the Deanery Review conducted by the Rt. Reverend Peter Wheatley and subsequent discussions, I'm delighted that Mike Coe has agreed to take on the role of interim Priest in Charge of the Benefice.  The role of Interim P-I-C is a fairly recent legal invention, allowing us to make short term appointments during periods of uncertainty or pastoral re-organisation.  This will make it possible to reduce the parish's  contribution to central funds, thus releasing money for much needed repairs to the heating.  Mike will be taking a light touch approach, providing necessary legal oversight but allowing the Benefice to continue to develop its enabling of lay ministry and leadership. The question of the St. Leonards building would make it very difficult to attract a new incumbent but I hope that we will be resolving these issues over the course of the next year, preparing us to move forward on an appointment in 2018.  I remain grateful for the energy and dedication of all in the congregation, sustaining the Gospel witness in the parish in this time of uncertainty. 
This comes with every blessing for a fruitful 2017.
Rt. Rev. Richard Jackson
Bishop of Lewes

And a message of introduction frm Revd Mike Coe:-

Dear All,

It seems odd writing an introduction as the new ‘Priest-in-Charge’ when many of you already know me, and I'm not a new ‘Priest-in-Charge’ in the way that it is usually meant! This interim arrangement is novel for all of us, but I am looking forward in 2017 to discovering with you what it looks like in practice!

For those who don't know me, I am 53, married to Lisa with four adult children and three grandchildren. I’ve been the Rector at St. Matthew's Church since 2003, and Rural Dean of Hastings since 2013. I became a Christian aged 14 and before I was ordained, my various jobs included satellite TV marketing manager, itinerant evangelist and CPAS regional youth worker! I support West Ham United, enjoy walking Honey (our Labrador) on the beach, reading WW2 history, going to the cinema and travelling abroad when time/money permit!

As Rural Dean, I’ve been supporting the churchwardens and the PCC during the vacancy and I see this as my primary role in the coming months. I hope to come to as many of your services and regular activities/events as possible, but obviously that will be dependent on my commitments at St. Matthew's.

Practically, your first, and main, point of contact about church matters should continue to be the churchwardens and PCC, but if you'd like to contact me directly, you can email  or text/call 07929717105.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Yours in Christ,