The Plurality of All Saints’ Madeley and St Margaret’s Betley

The Plurality of All Saints’ Madeley and St Margaret’s Betley

The meaning of Plurality, from The Church Of England Companion-a glossary.

The Pastoral Measure 1968 made provision for an ordained minister to be the incumbent of more than one parish.   The resulting situation is known as a plurality.                                                        

The map of the United Benefice, showing the boundaries of the two Parishes.

The map of St Margaret’s Betley and All Saints’ Madeley (held in plurality) showing the boundaries of the two Parishes.

We are energetic and pro-active in our commitment to the mission of Christ’s church, looking outwards to our communities and using our different traditions and talents to make known the ‘inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ’. Both parishes are intent on helping people understand and respond to the message of the Gospel.

The two parishes came together in 2002, and the relationship between us has grown steadily since then to mutual benefit. In practical terms we share ministerial resources in worship and fellowship groups and have occasional joint social events. In spiritual terms we enjoy the benefit of worshipping together at special festival and confirmation services, and regularly on a monthly basis at Living Streams praise.  The diverse talents present in the two churches contribute to our differing styles of worship but also enable richness to those events where we share contributors. Both parishes participated in the development of the Community of St Chad.