We are delighted to be able to announce that the Bishop of Southwark has, in consultation with the Revd Canon Simon Butler, appointed the Revd Aaron Kennedy to the post of Associate Vicar of St Mary’s Battersea in the Deanery of Battersea, subject to the necessary legal formalities.
The appointment is for an initial period of five years.
Aaron is presently serving his curacy at St Nicholas Church, Gosforth in the diocese of Newcastle. He is married to Grace, and they are both excitedly expecting their first child, who is due in August. Aaron has a background in music – as a drummer, publishing – as an editor, and hospitality – as a coffee shop barista. As a member of the Moot community in London he helped to create and run Host Cafe, a ministry of hospitality in the City. He is passionate about community organising, and helped to lead and set up Heaton Citizens, a member organisation of Citizens UK. Grace and Aaron are both delighted to be coming to Battersea!
It is anticipated that Aaron’s last Sunday at Gosforth will be 20th May and that he will be licensed at the end of June or the beginning of July.
Canon Simon Butler writes…
This is exciting news for St Mary’s and for me personally. Along with our new Parish Manager, David Britten, Aaron’s appointment marks the rebuilding of a Ministry Team at our church, following a period of significant ministerial departures, to retirement and relocation. The appointment panel were impressed by Aaron’s prayerfulness, intellectual depth, articulate vision for community development through organising. He has a heart for those on the margins of society and of faith and is prepared to go to those places to encounter people there.
It is important that everyone at St Mary’s knows that Aaron joins me as an equal colleague and not as a training curate. Aaron has completed his ordination training and his curacy. An Associate Vicar is – legally – under the authority of the incumbent, but for all intents and purposes, it is my wish (and Aaron’s) that we develop a pattern of collegiality, with Aaron taking clear responsibility as an incumbent-status priest for aspects of the life of the church and particularly our mission. How that works out over time will of course be a matter for the future, but for now we can simply look forward to Aaron & Grace’s arrival in the early summer.
Please pray for them both as they prepare to move to Battersea, and for the PCC as we set about finding suitable nearby accommodation to be their home (if anyone knows of a long term let coming available in north Battersea, please contact me urgently!).