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:-
And a message of introduction frm Revd Mike Coe:-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,