A message from the incoming Dean
"As my train trundled over Rochester Bridge on my first visit to the town, I caught a glimpse of the beautiful west end of the Cathedral. I had passed that way many times before while a student in Canterbury, but never before had I stopped to admire the building.
"Here is a statement, a beacon of both our faith and our heritage all wound up into one. As I prepare to move to Rochester and to take up the role of Dean I am filled with admiration at those who have gone before me and left such a landmark. This, of course, includes those who over the last 9 months have maintained its worship and mission and to all of them I say a very big thank you.
"This beacon provides us with an opportunity to proclaim the love of God for the whole of his creation in ways that are true to the Gospel and accessible to our neighbours. As the Cathedral Mission Statement puts it "nurturing the radical hope of human flourishing in Jesus Christ".
"We will do this by being open to those who come to their cathedral for whatever reason, being as this website suggests "an open-minded space". As they visit this great place, it is my prayer that everyone will be touched by God and changed by their visit.
"Writing on my final day as Rector of Rugby, I ask you to pray for me as I move into this new role as I will most certainly pray for you as your journey of faith brings you into contact with this beautiful cathedral church."The Revd Dr Mark Beach
Help restore zero VAT
The Acting Dean of Rochester, Canon Dr Philip Hesketh, has asked that you please support this petition to bring back zero rate VAT on alterations to listed Churches. Please click on the link below and sign the petition, it will make such a difference.
We the undersigned urge the Chancellor to reconsider the extension of the standard rate of VAT (currently zero rated) to alternations to listed places of worship. This will have the effect of penalising the Church of England's 12,500 listed cathedral and church buildings, almost entirely maintained by volunteers and voluntary giving, who are currently altering their buildings to make them suitable for use by the wider community. The extra cost this will impose will seriously threaten the continuation of such works. Extending the remit of the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme, with no additional funding, will go no way to mitigating this. It merely means a shrinking pot will be stretched even further.
New Dean of Rochester announced by Number 10
New Dean of Rochester announced click for further details
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Mark Howard Francis Beach, MA, DMin, Team Rector of Rugby in Coventry Diocese, to be appointed to the Deanery of the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the elevation of the Very Reverend Adrian Newman, BSc, MPhil as Suffragan Bishop of Stepney on 1 April 2011.
The Revd Dr Mark Howard Francis Beach MA DMin (50) has been appointed the new Dean of Rochester Cathedral.
Currently Team Rector in the Diocese of Coventry, Mark is familiar with parts of Kent, having first studied at the University of Kent. He said: "I am delighted to be coming back to Kent. I often passed over the railway bridge and looked admiringly at the Cathedral and Castle but never dreamt I would one day live next door! It is a good time to be joining the team at Rochester as Bishop James leads a renewed vision for the diocese and the Cathedral awaits the outcome of its Heritage Lottery Fund bid.”
“I am looking forward to building on the work of Adrian Newman, the previous Dean, and deepening relationships with the diocese and other parts of society in the area. I am especially keen that the Cathedral should play an important part in the life of Medway, whose aspirations to become a city I share.”
“Cathedrals are beacons of our faith and places of welcome and sanctuary from the busy world. In the present economic environment this becomes even more important and I hope that together we can continue this openness to the church and the world.”
Mark has a keen interest in the voluntary sector and has been the Chair of Trustees of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action for the last 4 years. He has also led the churches involvement with the sector in Coventry and Warwickshire as Transforming Communities Officer for the Diocese of Coventry.
He is a regular contributor to Radio 2 and 4 and to local radio in Warwickshire. Mark is married to Annabel and they have one daughter Ellie (15).
In his spare time, Mark is a keen blogger, enjoys singing and spending time with his family and their exuberant Lurcher, Murphy. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Revd Dr Beach will be installed as Dean in Rochester Cathedral on Sunday, May 20 at 3.15pm.