Busiest year ever for retired clergy
2015 was a record year for the Register of Clergy on Call with demand for our services increasing by over 50%. Clergy were provided for 516 services in 67 churches, compared to 336 services in 61 churches during 2014.
I’m pleased to say that we were able to satisfy 97.5% of requests, which is a pretty high success rate. The demand of our services is a clear indication of how much parishes and clergy value the service and we are extremely grateful to those who serve the Diocese in this way. Especially important is the cover we provide parishes during a period of interregnum, of which there were quite a few during 2015.
There are currently 57 clergy offering their services to the Register. Thank you also to those who, during the past year have decided to retire, for their invaluable contribution to the Register. Welcome to those who have joined.
On the financial side our turnover was £17,802.25, compared with a previous peak turnover of £16,302 in 2010 and £12,019.75 in 2014.
Service fees are currently £30 for the first Sunday service or festival service, and £22 for a subsequent service by the same minister in the same church on the same day. The fee for a weekday service is £22. Travelling expenses remain at the HMRC rate of 45p per mile.
I have decided to retire from the job of administrator of the Register, the Revd Dr Jack Mulder has kindly agreed to take on the role. All enquiries should be made to him at 01403 581066, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revd John Richardson
Clerical Administrator 2015