Parishioners have been reassured that a new vicar will be sought for after the Cramner Group of Parishes once the present one leaves.
Reverend Karl Przywala will take his final service in the Cramner group at Orston Church on the 29th December. He is to become the Rector of Holy Trinity in Vancouver, in the Diocese of New Westminister, Canada in February.
Consultations are under way in the Nottingham and Southwell Diocese over the most effective deployment of paid clergy and lay leaders.
The East Bingham Deanery Synod wants the Cranmer Group, consisting of Scarrington, Orston, Whatton, Aslockton and Thoroton to be amalgamated with the Bingham and Wiverton group to form the Bingham Mission Partnership.
The Bingham, Wiverton and Cramner groups each have a full-time vicar but under the proposals they would share cleric and a part time lay reader or cleric and a part time cleric and part time lay reader.
This is being opposed by the Cranmer Group Council and its deanery synod representatives.
A petition calling for it to retain a resident cleric has been signed by more than 500 people.
Any changes are not due to be introduced before 2020 but Mr Przywala said he was concerned that his move could be the catalyst for bringing them forward.
The Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Venerable Peter Hill, spoke to parishioners at a meeting in St Thomas’ Church, Aslockton, when he outline the chain of events that would lead to the appointment of a new vicar.
He is due to meet with the parochial church council on Wednesday to further discuss the situation.
Churchwarden Graham Harper said they had reiterated at the meeting that they wanted to keep their group’s identity with a resident cleric.
They have suggested that they should be linked with other parishes such as East Bridgford because they feel they have more in common with them.
He said: “We appreciate that change is inevitable and we will work with the Archdeacon.”