The Aylsham & District Team Ministry

Discover - Affirm - Celebrate
The Aylsham & District Team Ministry is made up of 16 unique and individual parishes, centred around the Market Town of Aylsham which is located halfway between Norwich and the North Norfolk Coast. 
The Vision for the Team, as we begin this first stage of creating sustainable rural ministry, focuses on "Discover God; affirm uniqueness and celebrate interdependence." The three-fold nature of the Vision has God at the centre as we deepen our understanding of the relational nature of the Trinity; at the same time, affirming both the uniqueness of each member of the Team and each individual community and celebrating that through working together, we are stronger and are more able to sustain and grow the life of the Church.  
The Ministry Team comprises of the
In Vacancy, Team Rector
Revd David Hagan-Palmer, Team Vicar (Bure Valley Group)
Revd Andrew Whitehead, Team Vicar (Cawston Group)
In Vacancy, Team Vicar & Team Mission Enabler (Aldborough Group)
plus our Lay Ministers Kandi Kammoun & Liz Dawes
Members of the Ministry Team have both pastoral responsibility for a group of Parishes and take the lead on an area of ministry & mission across the Team. 
A collegiate heart is at the centre of the Team Ministry.  It is not about one church or one person being at the centre, but how co-operation, community, service, collaboration, and partnership can help us deliver afresh the Good News of Jesus to our different communities.  There are things that we can do more strongly and efficiently together, but there are also things that we can do individually but in a supportive and affirming framework.

 

Vision

Aylsham and District Team Ministry is a network of churches; journeying together; sharing our stories, resources, and burdens; creating sustainable ministry in our rural parishes which are welcoming, Christ-centered and rooted in our communities.  
Download a copy of our Vision 

 

Background

The Team Ministry was informally launched on 1st January 2015 but grew out of Deanery discussion over the previous two years, and through a partnership between the previous benefices of Aylsham and Cawston since 2012.  The Team Ministry 'experiment' ran alongside formal Pastoral Re-organisation over 18 months.  Our success in bringing parishes together led to other Parishes joined the Team and early in 2018 we celebrated the formal creation of the Team.
2010 – 2012
Discussion in Deanery regarding re-organisation of parishes & benefices
May 2012 
Revd Andrew Beane appointed as Priest-in-Charge of Aylsham
Nov 2012        
Cawston, Heydon & Haveringland join the Team & new House-for-duty appointed to work as Assistant Priest.
Nov 2014
Assistant Priest leaves as we look to appoint a new full-time Team Vicar to the Cawston Group.
Jan 2015    
Oulton & Blickling join the Team
Nov 2015  
Revd Andrew Whitehead licensed as Team Vicar (Designate) for the Cawston Group
2016
Bure Valley Group of Churches join the Team with Badersfield Community Church
June 2016 
Revd Jack Branford joins the Team as Curate
August 2016      
Revd David Hagan-Palmer licensed as Team Vicar (Designate) for the Bure Valley Group
Sept 2016  
Little Barningham, Itteringham & Wickmere join the Team
June 2017   
Twelve Towers Festival launched with over 200 events being held in our churches celebrating the life rural church.
Oct 2017        
Revd Peter Chapman joins the Team as Team Vicar (Designate) of the Three Churches Group.
Dec 2017  
Pastoral Scheme formally creating the Team is approved by the Church Commissioners and the Bishop of Norwich
Feb 2018       
Service of Celebration lead by the Bishop of Lynn & Archdeacon of Lynn to mark our coming together as the Aylsham & District Team Ministry.
2018
Discussion begin with Scottow Parish regarding joining the Team.
July 2018 
Revd Deb Cousins appointed as Community Priest & Team Mission Enabler to work across the wider Team to promote mission in our rural churches.
June – Aug 2018
Second Twelve Towers Festival held across our 16 Churches.
2019
Discussion begin with Aldborough Parish regarding joining the Team.
May 2019
Hannah Loveless joins the Team as Administrator (funded by the Mercers Company)
June 2019
Revd Peter Chapman retires
June – Aug 2019
Third Twelve Towers Festival held across our 18 Churches.
July 2019
Revd Canon Andrew Beane leaves team to become Archdeacon of Exeter

Aug 2019

Revd Deb Cousins retires