St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Reordering Update

The PCC/Church Council are engaged in a legal process under the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. Having taken legal advice and formally responding to the Diocesan Registrar and the Victorian Society by the 16th October, P & J’s faculty petition will then be presented to the Chancellor of the Diocese. The Chancellor will issue directions as to how she wishes to proceed. The Victorian Society has requested that the process be continued by ‘written representation’. The PCC/Church Council are content to proceed in that way, as an alternative to a Consistory Court hearing. The Reordering Project Board has been legally advised that the ‘written representation’ process and a decision by the Chancellor can take some six months or more. Bearing that in mind a decision on P & J’s Faculty Petition may not be forthcoming until April/May 2018. Nick asks that we continue actively to hold this process in our prayers. David Mace

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