Christ Church Totland Bay is just one of eleven Anglican churches within the West Wight Cluster of churches. Following detailed discussions with PCC’s from the eleven churches the recommendation from our Archdeacon was that the parishes form themselves into a ‘Mission Community’. This allows a combination of parishes to work together with a common goal. This model of mission and ministry was developed in the Diocese of Exeter and has been introduced in the Diocese of Oxford. Collaborative working enables churches to do things together that they cannot do on their own. This form of working also encourages lay ministry with the clergy exercising more of a ministry of oversight, rather than doing everything themselves. For legal and practical reasons (including clergy housing and travelling distance) there are two groups (or clusters) of churches in the West Wight Mission Community; the ‘Towns’ (Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland) and the rural ‘Country’ parishes (Brighstone, Brook, Calbourne, Mottistone, Newtown, Shalfleet Shorwell and Thorley) and each cluster will have a full time priest in charge. In addition, there will continue to be a either a house-for-duty (part-time, non stipendiary) priest or full time curate to serve all the parishes in the Mission Community in various degrees. All eleven parishes in the cluster are encouraged to work ecumenically through Churches Together In West Wight and other arrangements with non-Anglican churches in the area.
The West Wight Mission Community
The West Wight Mission Community is intentional in Mission and outreach, collaborative and supportive, it is enabling of people’s gifts and ministries and includes a variety of churches and styles. It establishes new expressions of church alongside the traditional and ensures a Christian presence, witness and care in every place. Not all parishes can or should offer every aspect of the church’s life and ministry but by joining in partnership with neighbouring churches and forming a Mission Community we can work together more effectively.
New Clergy Appointed
The Licensing of The Rev. Clive Todd and The Rev. Leisa McGovern took place on 22nd April 2018 at 4pm at Christ Church, Totland Bay
We are delighted that Clive and Leisa are, along with the Churches of the West Wight Cluster, begining the exciting process of developing a new team and emerging Mission Community.
The Rev. Clive Todd
The Rev. Clive Todd, is Team Rector of the West Wight Emerging Mission Community and is Priest in Charge of the West Wight with specific responsibility for the Parishes of St Mary, Brighstone, St Peter, Shorwell with Kingson, St Paul and St Peter, Mottistone, St Mary the Virgin, Brook, St Michael the Archangel, Shalfleet, St Swithin, Thorley, Holy Spirit, Newtown and All Saints, Calbourne.
Having spent his early life in the North East in the computer industry, he began training for the ministry at Lincoln Theological College 1989-1991. He served his Title as curate of Consett in Durham Diocese enjoying positions afterwards in inner-city Gateshead, the East Coast of Durham serving ex-coal mining villages, eventually becoming Rector of Ebchester and Vicar of Medomsley.
Having become a facilitator on collaborative working in Durham, he moved to the Diocese of Lincoln in 2004 serving in a multi parish benefice during which time he became a vocations Advisor and Rural Dean of Lawres. In 2007 he became assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) for Lincoln Diocese before becoming DDO for Canterbury in 2009. Clive was Rector of the Lower Swale with responsibility for 8 Rural Churches in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. He is married to Carolyne, and in his leisure time enjoys travelling and scuba diving. He is also a keen runner – and has become a triathlete since his move to Yorkshire.
The Rev. Leisa Potter
The Rev. Leisa Potter, is now Team Vicar of the West Wight Emerging Mission Community and is Priest In Charge of the West Wight with specific responsibility for the Parishes of All Saints, Freshwater with St Agnes, St James, Yarmouth and Christ Church, Totland.
Following a degree course in Psychology at Plymouth University she spent several years in the care sector rising through the ranks to Duty manager in Painton, South Devon. From 1999 and over a period of almost ten years she started and ran an ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted Inspected) child minding business. From 2011 to 2014 she completed a degree course in Christian Theology for Ministry with merit at Exeter University and worked with St Mary Magdalene Church, ‘The Living Room’ gaining valuable experience in running services and ‘Life Groups’ across a wide spectrum of ages and backgrounds focussing especially on those people with particular needs – expressed through a range of addictions and other life issues. Ordained in 2014 she has worked as part of a team of 12 churches at Ottery, St Mary in Devon, mentoring and enabling leadership and skills for ministry and exploring lay and ordained ministry with all those called by God to serve in communities and churches. Creative and contemplative worship for all people is a great passion, as is accessible worship, with an honouring of the traditional church.
The churches of the West Wight Mission Community are featured below.