Popular Shoreham Beach curate gets special permission to stay on as associate vicar

Churchgoers on Shoreham Beach are delighted their popular curate has been allowed to stay on as associate vicar.

The Rev Jane Bartlett completed her training at the Church of the Good Shepherd and has recently been licensed as associate vicar by Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes, Martin Lloyd Williams, at the King’s Walk church.

Usually, a curate moves on after their three years’ training but Bishop Martin Warner has agreed that Jane can stay in the parish.

She said: “I am delighted to be able to stay on after my curacy and serve as associate vicar.

The Rev Jane Bartlett with the Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams and church wardens Emma Purser and Lucy Walmsley

“The Good Shepherd is a vibrant church, very relaxed and friendly. It has a joyful heart. Perhaps our unique shoreline location and sunny church building makes us such a happy place.

“There’s a great congregation here who have been actively supporting each other during the pandemic and volunteering in the community. We fully embraced Zoom worship during the lockdown period.

“Our priority in the months to come is to grow our work with families and reach out into the community whenever possible. We will have to find creative and safe ways to do this given the restrictions we have with social distancing.”

Jane and her husband John Watters live in the Shoreham Beach vicarage, next to the church. They have a daughter, Iona, and two sons, Benedict and Dominic.

The Rev Jane Bartlett with her husband John, two of their children, Dominic and Iona, and her father, Norman Bartlett

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