How is the administration of the six churches and the Benefice organised?
Each parish has its own independent administrative and pastoral set up with church wardens and PCC. i.e. each village has two church wardens and a team to run the church services and identify and support parish pastoral care. (Note that South Barrow, has no church wardens at present). Although it is true that the system is creaking in some parishes, by keeping the church responsibilities within the parish community and therefore church administration and pastoral care close to the villages we can work together to resolve these issues
The Six Pilgrims Committee meets quarterly with all churchwardens, the Priest in Charge, Six Pilgrims Treasurer and Chairman of the Events Committee with the aim of co-ordinating the benefice activities, developing a close link for all Six to the Priest in Charge and developing a strong strategy for the future. The committee selects a chairman from the churchwardens who is the main link between the priest and the parishes
The Six Pilgrims Events Committee with a remit to a) foster community spirit and b) raise church funds. The committee has a chairman and a member from each parish. It organises an annual programme of events including; sponsored walks, Castle Cary Coffee Morning, talks and slide shows, quiz evenings and special events such as auction of promises.
We produce the monthly “Six Pilgrims Magazine” which is distributed free to all 450 households in the Benefice. The magazine was re-launched in 2013 to make it a more community focused publication (whilst still being run by the Benefice)