The Parish of Great Snaith
The Parish of Great Snaith consists of four distinct Districts:
Hensall with Heck
Pollington cum Balne
Each District has its own management system in the form of a District Church Council (DCC), and each sends representatives to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Great Snaith.
The Concept of a Benefice and Mission Partnership in Great Snaith
It can be said that Great Snaith was far ahead of its time with regard to sharing resources and forming formal bonds between local churches. The Benefice of Great Snaith was created in 1986 and was formed from the historic parishes of Cowick, Hensall cum Heck and High Eggborough, Pollington cum Balne, and Snaith. This was a long time before the current need for Mission Partnerships was established - although not the first, it was certainly innovative in its approach, and continues to be so. At the Sheffield Diocesan Synod in November 2009, it was agreed that:
"The Diocese of Sheffield is called to grow a sustainable network of Christ-like, lively and diverse Christian communities in every place which are effective in making disciples and in seeking to transform our society and God's world."
In 2012, Bishop Steven Croft visited each Deanery in the Diocese, and explained the need for sharing of resources in these times of reduced congregations, the need to limit clergy stipends, all the while growing the Church in God's love. This was detailed in the strategy document "Re-imagining Ministry for Mission" which can be read below (left click the image to read it, or right click to save it to your computer):
How well does Great Snaith achieve the Vision laid out by Bishop Steven? We need to develop our ties within the communities, but we are also well-placed to share what we have already achieved through the Deanery of Hatfield & Snaith, and also throughout the Diocese of Sheffield. Our strength is in our experience, and we should always be willing to share our resources with others who are only now starting down the path of Mission Partnerships. Our "Link" magazine is a testament to the requirements of the Diocesan Synod in 2009 - we already reach out to everyone in our community, we share across Christian denominations, and we should look forward to helping others to achieve the same in their emerging communities.