Our Benefice
We are three parishes with five churches set in a beautiful and very popular coastal and rural location. During the year we welcome many visitors into our church life.
Each church and parish has its own special history and sense of place: the farmland around St. Issey, the estuary and harbour of Padstow, the ancient site of St. Merryn, the creek of Little Petherick and the cliffs and beaches of Trevone.
All three parishes have their own Parochial Church Council, nevertheless they form a group that brings together those who worship, work, live and come for their holidays here in this part of Cornwall. Our churches are not only about worship, they are at the centre of each community. Their doors are always open to share our special place with those who need us.
Throughout the year parishes run their own events and activities. These are numerous and varied, for example: Bible Study courses, Messy Church, Confirmation, Dog Shows, Flower Festivals and Fetes. These are open to everyone and appreciated by all.
The Benefice is enabled in its work by a committed and hardworking team of volunteers numbering among them a full complement of Church Wardens, Treasurers, Safeguarding Officers, PCC members, Sunday School and Messy Church Leaders, Worship Leaders, Lay Readers, an Ordinand,
Retired Clergy, enthusiastic musicians, singers, choristers and organists.
Vision for the Padstow Benefice
Our vision is to develop as a family of Churches in order to:
  • Be a visible presence in our communities.
  • Build.
  • Meet people where they are
  • Share the love of Christ.
Our Deanery
Over the last few years Pydar Deanery has been through some major changes, we have been pastorally reorganised in to four Benefices, each with a lead incumbent, and this year the Deanery included in their plans a new Bishop’s Mission Order (BMO) based in Newquay, focusing on bringing new people to faith, it is called St Gregory’s and they are a key part of our deanery, and our deanery plan.
Our deanery vision is that ‘We are called to be a Christ-centred church. A church that is nurtured and sustained in faith to be confident in its calling, fruitful and generous in reaching the young, serving the poor and needy, and caring for creation.’
Our deanery is working hard to make this vision a reality. The new rector will be someone who wants to be part of our deanery plans and our deanery team, and will help the Padstow Benefice to work towards the vision both in their own communities and the deanery.
Our Clergy
We recognise that this and most clergy roles are demanding. Providing support and caring for your wellbeing is important to us. There is a commitment at senior level and the organisation generally to:
  • ensure that, at a strategic level, clergy wellbeing is explicitly referenced, and embedded in, all projects and work;
  • it is adequately resourced and funded; and
  • that we champion clergy wellbeing, challenge  unsupportive behaviours and attitudes, and lead by example.
The diocese has a Clergy Wellbeing Group, with the aim of embedding the principles of the Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing into the day-to-day policies and practices of the diocese.
Part of the process will include a vocational conversation online within the week beginning 17th June. The appointment is subject to enhanced disclosure from the DBS.


Application closing date
Applications to be received by midday on the closing date 5 June 2024
Interview date
Interviews will be held 26 June 2024
Parish visit
25 June 2024
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