Are you interested in leading Worship, or Pastoral Care, or Care of the Environment, or helping Others to Pray? If so, this might be for you – BISHOP’S COMMISSION FOR MISSION

Are you a lay person? Would you like some input for your existing
ministry, or do you feel that God might be calling you to serve in some new way? More interested in learning from otherswho are passionate about their ministry than in getting a formal qualification? Want help to see how your sense of calling might grow, or how you might develop your ministry? Then Bishop’s Commission for Mission could be for you.

The Bishop’s Commission for Mission, which will be delivered on-line in the Autumn, is a great way to explore a new area, and see whether that is where you are being called.

There are introductory and closing sessions, and six evenings, all on-line.

In the autumn we are offering Creation Care, Prayer Champions, Pastoral and Worship.

It would be great if we could fill those courses to their limit with people from the AVC.

(And, eventually, when our new Worship Pattern (originally planned to be launched on May 1st) begins, if we are to sustain that pattern, we need lots of Lay Worship Leaders -at least 5 new ones, and preferably more!!!)

Full details and dates of the Autumn 2020 Programme, with dates, are here:


Videos explaining the 4 BCM Streams are here:


If you think any of this might be for you, talk to Gary or any of the Staff Team – and we can put you in touch with some of our current dozen or so BCMs so you can see whether this might be the right next step for you.

Canon Gary Philbrick


Sadly for us, but wonderfully for Mike and his family, he has been snapped up by the Diocese of Salisbury at his first interview.  He and Heidi would have loved to stay here for longer – he has been signed off by the Bishop to apply for other posts, but there is a deadline of June next year – but this post was advertised and looked so ideal for him that I encouraged him to apply for it.

The official notice from the Bishop of Sherborne reads:

We are pleased to announce that the Benefice Patronage Board, comprising Benefice representatives, the Archdeacon of Dorset, Bishop of Sherborne and Rural Dean have appointed the Revd Michael Trotman to be the next Rector of Parkstone St Peter and St Osmund with Branksea St Mary.  Michael is currently Training Curate in the Avon Valley Churches and brings much experience and gifts to the post, including a background in teaching and facilities management and an interest in developing fresh expressions and outreach. The appointment is subject to DBS. Michael feels very much called by God to this post and those involved in the appointment believe him to be the right fit, and are looking forward to welcoming him and his family sometime in the autumn. Bishop Karen and Archdeacon Antony wish to thank all those who were involved in the appointment process.

Mike’s last Service is likely to be sometime in September – we are still negotiating dates.

Mike and his family will be greatly missed here – they have done so much, and made such an impact during their two years here.  But we wish them every blessing for their future ministry and life.