The vicar who has been at the pulpit of Hemel Hempstead’s oldest church for three years has now taken on a new and important role.
Rev. Jenny Hill, of St Mary’s Church in the Old Town, was inducted as the new team rector for the Benefice of Hemel Hempstead – which includes five churches in Warners End, Gadebridge, Grovehill and Woodhall Farm, Highfield and Adeyfield – in a special ceremony led by the Right Rev. Paul Hayes, Bishop of Hertford.
The new post will give Jenny, who has been ordained for more than 20 years, the responsibility of organising a regular forum for co-operation between the vicars and church wardens across the parishes, as well as providing them with support.
Jenny said: “It was helpful for one of us already in the team to take on the role as team rector, rather than bringing someone external in. We have an understanding of the team, how it functions and the area, and I am the most experienced in the team.”
Jenny has taken over the post from Grovehill Church’s former vicar the Rev. Canon Sue Allen, who retired earlier this year. She added: “I am looking forward to the new challenge, and being able to fulfil the particular task of finding the right person to be the new vicar of Grovehill and ensuring that our staff team is complete.
“People in Hemel Hempstead are looking for places of security, and places they can be welcomed in a society which is a little bit dislocated. Our churches have that family feel of people who are all different, but who come together for friendship and support.”