Vacancy for Rector


Dear Parishioners

We are delighted to inform you that the Reverend Kia Pakenham has accepted the post as our new Rector. Kia is known to many of you already, having preached at both St James' and Christ Church in the last couple of months. Since her ordination, part of the training for which was completed alongside Hilary Swift, Kia has worked at Wonersh and was School Chaplain at Duke of Kent - very much a Surrey Hills local. Kia has been selected in a very competitive process, for which we received an affirming number of quality applicants, testament to the hard work particularly of Lucy Harlow and Graham Mytton in preparing such an excellent parish profile (the church job advert). The decision by the appointment committee, made up of members of Abinger PCC, Coldharbour PCC, the Diocese and our Patrons, was unanimous. Kia, Guy and their family are planning to move into the Rectory in April and we hope that she can start her new post by helping us all celebrate Easter.

I would also like to thank Sally, the PCCs of all the parishes, our volunteers who help maintain the many aspects of church life and the priests that have provided cover during our "interregnum", which at just over 6 months may well be a new Church of England record for filling a vacant post.

Kia will be a fantastic priest and friend to the whole community - we can't wait for her to start.

Dominic Roberts, Churchwarden

From the Bishop of Guildford

"We are delighted to announce that Rev Kia Pakenham has been appointed as House for Duty Rector of Abinger, Coldharbour, Wotton and Holmbury St Mary, with specific responsibility for Abinger and Coldharbour.

This appointment is subject to DBS and medical clearance. She is currently non-stipendiary minister at Wonersh & Blackheath and we are hoping that Kia and her family might potentially be able to move in during April, but details are yet to be confirmed."

23rd January 2022

Vacancy Advertised

Tony Berry, the current Rector, is due to retire at the end of September 2021. It is the intention of the Diocese of Guilford to appoint a Priest-in-charge/House-for-duty priest. The process to appoint a replacement has begun.

A profile outlining the requirements for a new priest has been completed, and the post is now advertised in the Church Times and on the Diocese of Guildford website. Closing date for applications is 22nd December 2021, with interviews to be scheduled for 18th January 2022.

29th November 2021

Letter from the Archdeacon

This from the Archdeacon of Dorking (Ven. Martin Breadmore) outlines the process for appointing a new priest for Abinger/Colharbour. An advertisement for the vacancy will appear here in due course - as well as in other church-related websites/journals.

September 2021

Some updates from Abinger PCC

Tony's Retirement Plans

As you know, this is Tony's last year in 'active service' and he has now confirmed that his retirement date will be 30th September. He and Mad will be enormously missed and many of us will want to take part in celebrating the Berrys' contributions to our communities over the last 28 years. Tony will be taking services across the Benefice during the course of September, with Coldharbour and Abinger each enjoying final morning services on Sunday 26th September. Please put this date in your diary and look out for arrangements in September's mag.

Planning for the future

We are pleased to report Archdeacon Breadmore's confirmation that Coldharbour and Abinger may appoint a priest, who will be based in The Rectory at Abinger, as Tony and Mad have been. The new position is for a part-time minister, and so there will be differences in how ministry and pastoral care are delivered across our churches. PCCs in both of our villages, along with Tony, have been working to ensure that the new arrangement works for us all and we are confident that the futures of both of our churches remain bright and full of opportunity. Further details on what happens in our churches after September have been emailed and posted on our church websites so please do take a look at the information which is there for all to share.

From the Abinger & Coldharbour Parish News July/August 2021