It has been announced today (4 February 2018) that the Rev Deb Smith is to leave the parish to take up a new appointment as Team Rector of the Bridport Team. Full details of the announcement are below.
Churchwarden All Saints Church:
Gary R Hepburn
116 High Street
Tel 01305 778169
4 February 2018
REV DEB SMITH
I am writing to let you know that Rev Deb Smith will be leaving the parish in the summer to take up a new appointment as Team Rector of the Bridport Team. A copy of the official announcement from the Bishop of Sherborne is attached. Whilst Deb currently remains on sick leave whilst she is receiving treatment she hopes to be able to return to us to take some services before taking up her new appointment at the end of the summer. In talking to Deb she felt it was time for a new challenge and if she did not make a move now, as she got nearer to retirement age it would become harder to make a move and try something new. I know she has found it very hard making the decision to leave Wyke Regis.
We obviously wish Deb well with the recovery from her current ill health and all the best in taking up her new appointment. We will arrange a proper send-off nearer the time and will let everyone know the details.
The parishioners of the Bridport Team are being made aware of this new appointment as well.
In the next few weeks the churchwardens will be putting together the Parish Profile in readiness for advertising the vacancy. We would be very keen to hear parishioners thoughts in what they are looking for in the next Rector of Wyke Regis. We will pick a few to put in the profile. Please either email your thoughts to me at or post to me at 116 High Street, Wyke Regis.
We continue to be very grateful to Rev Betty Port, Rev Tony Ball, Alan Mcintosh and everyone that helps us on a regular and occasional basis maintain our pattern of services.
Vice Chairman Parochial Church Council
Churchwarden Parish of Wyke Regis All Saints with St Edmund
‘It is being announced this weekend that the Lord Chancellor, the Patron of the Bridport Team Ministry has appointed Deb, as Team Rector of Bridport.
Bishop Karen and Archdeacon Paul are aware that this may come as a shock to everyone at this stage in Debs ministry. However after enjoying her time in Wyke Regis she feels it is time for a new challenge, not too far away, but somewhere where she can build on the experience gained here.
Deb is extremely grateful for all the support she has been given, particularly in these last few months. She will continue her treatment as planned and will leave the benefice in the summer to move to Bridport when she has recovered. Her licensing will take place after that.
In the meantime it has been agreed that work, during the spring and summer, can begin on the profile for a new Incumbent, so an advertisement can be placed later in the year.
We are encouraged to continue to pray for Deb, and for Bridport as they await the arrival of their new Team Rector, and at the same time Bridport are being encouraged to pray for us.’
Bishop of Sherborne