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Norton Vicar Appointed Rural Dean for Southern Ryedale

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11:19am 18th June 2013

The Revd Rachel Hirst, vicar of Norton, is the new Rural Dean of Southern Ryedale.  The Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Martin Wallace will welcome Rachel into her new role at a service on Thursday 27th June at St Peter’s Church, Norton.

The Revd Rachel Hirst said, “It’s a great honour to be asked to be a Rural Dean, and I’ll be taking up that role alongside my job as vicar of Norton.  As Rural Dean, I’ll be helping to look after the churches in Southern Ryedale: assisting churches that haven’t got a vicar at the moment, working with the Bishop to care for the clergy in the area, and helping all the churches serve their communities as best they can.”

The Rt Revd Martin Wallace, Bishop of Selby, said, “Rachel will make a great Rural Dean, and it will be a privilege to commission her into that role in the service on Thursday.  There will be people there from across Southern Ryedale, including people from all the churches Rachel will be helping, and friends and colleagues from churches of other denominations.  It’ll be a great event!”

The Diocese of York, which stretches form the Humber to the Tees and the A1 to the coast, is made up of twenty-one deaneries, including Southern Ryedale.  Rural Deans are nominated by the Bishop after consultation with Deanery clergy and normally serve – as “first among equals” - for a period of five to seven years.

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