November 2012

Ad Clerum:
1af o Dachwedd 2012 November 1st

Yr Holl Saint / All Saints

Take hold of the life that is truly life (cf. 1 Timothy 6.19)
Gafaelwch yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd (1 Timotheus 6.19)

In this Ad Clerum…

• Corwen Appointment
• Diocesan Conference DVD
• Confirmations in 2013 and 2014
• News of the Family
• Future Dates

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

We’re already beginning the countdown to Christmas. It used to be that the shops didn’t start putting up the Christmas trees until after Guy Fawkes, but that seems to have gone by the board nowadays. What with the Kingdom season in the liturgical year, we’re also firmly navigating towards Christmas in the Church as well. The entries from our schools to my Christmas card competition are already in, and you’ll have laid plans for Carol Services and parish events, I’ve no doubt. It will be here and over all too soon, and we’ll be heading into 2013.

Just as we take the plunge, we are reminded in the Feast of All Saints about the calling of the whole people of God. We are all called to be saints, to be those sanctified by the blood of Christ, set apart to be the people and agents of God’s reign. This gives us a certain perspective on all our celebrations. Is everything in the worship of the Church and the celebration of Christmas oriented towards calling people onwards in this vocation? Is it a celebration that will confirm us in our place as a pilgrim people on the move in response to God’s calling, and inspire us to gird our loins and press forward in the journey?

We frequently say that we’re about “mission” not “maintenance”, so just as we set in stone our plans for Christmas, it may be a good time to evaluate our plans in the light of God’s vocation to us.

The Diocese Conference

I’d like to thank all the diocesan staff who worked so hard to make this year’s conference a success. Early feedback suggests that people enjoyed the location and the content of the meeting, although there was a flurry of concern about one episode towards the end of the question time! On the whole, I hope that we’re taking steps to make the Conference a more fully inclusive and participatory event, and it’s a direction of movement that I want to see develop.

It is vital that the diocese own the Conference, asking the questions and debating the issues that our rank and file find important and challenging, although this also means opening out the agenda to allow for space for discernment. There was a good turn out from most, although our lay attendance was down. Please put next year’s date in the diary now (12th October), and encourage commitment and interest for the future.

In the next couple of weeks each Area Dean will be sent a Conference DVD which includes elements of this year’s Conference. There is a short introduction from me, my address to Conference along with David Pain’s keynote speech, his questions for our consideration and the question and answer session.

In my concluding remarks to Conference I recognised that we are becoming a “Church of debate” and it’s in that spirit that I commend this DVD to you. Please use it in your Deaneries and borrow it from your Area Dean to use in parishes as a resource to encourage engagement with diocesan life, and make the diocesan leadership team aware of your opinions. Let’s continue the debate from the Conference among everyone in the Teulu Asaph.

The Corwen Group & Area Dean of Penllyn & Edeyrnion

John Lomas is moving toward the end of his transition ministry in the Corwen group, and has seen significant change and assisted thinking about the future. John will finish his transition period on 1st March 2013, and we’re looking to appoint to succeed him then. In line with the Review, we’re looking to appoint in conjunction with the role of Area Dean, and P&E are looking for someone who will lead them in mission and collegial life. The following advert will shortly be appearing in the Church Times:

AREA DEAN AND RECTOR

The Bishop of St Asaph wishes to appoint an experienced priest to be Area Dean of the Penllyn and Edeyrnion Deanery and Rector of the Corwen group of parishes.

This newly created post in the heart of the diocese will appeal to an imaginative priest with an interest in Welsh life and culture.

The person appointed will have the opportunity to work with enthusiastic clergy and lay people in the deanery to develop a ministry team.

If you would like to consider this post the supporting documents can be found here. Please contact Archdeacon Shirley if you would like to discuss this further, or if you wish to nominate someone who you think would be very suitable for this ministry. The closing date for applications is Monday 19 November and interviews will take place on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

Dates for the Diary

04 Novr 1600hr – Confirmation at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon.

19 Novr 1900hr – Induction of Ginny Burton at St Mary’s Church, Towyn.

21 Novr Area Deans – Training Day, St Giles’ Centre, Wrexham. 0915hr – 1600hr

04 Dec 1800hr – Nicholastide Confirmation at the Cathedral – Please notify the Cathedral Office if you are planning to bring candidates.

Dates for the future

CMD Dates 2013

Monday 25 February (Inclusion and dealing with vulnerable adults and children with Karen Phillips and Elaine Cloke);
Tuesday 11 June (Building Ministry Teams with John Daniels); and
Tuesday 24 September (The Shape of the Church in an age of change and ecumenism with Paul Avis)

Chrism Eucharist and the Renewal of Ordination Vows – Thursday 28 March 2013, 1100hr.

Ordinations – Saturday 29 June 2013, Saturday 28 June 2014

Diocesan Conference –Saturday 12 October 2013, International Pavilion, Llangollen. Please keep the day clear of weddings and other engagements.

Residential Clergy School – at St Anne’s College, Oxford from Tuesday 9 September 2014 to Friday 12 September 2014.

The Second Episcopal Visitation and Confirmations 2013/14

The time will soon be upon me to undertake my Second Visitation of the diocese, when I intend to visit every deanery. The focus of the Visitation will be to discuss the findings of the Planning for the Future process as they impact on the mission and witness of the Church and to discuss with each deanery their future and their plans. The Visitation will span 2013 and 2014 and will take the following format:

• Generally each deanery will be partnered with one or two neighbouring deaneries.
• The Visitation will begin with an opportunity for the combined deanery chapters to meet together with me for fellowship over lunch, followed by an afternoon meeting.
• I will conduct the formal Visitation to each deanery separately. This will take the form of an evening meeting that will begin with a 30 minute act of worship devised by the deanery, and be followed up with a meeting for clergy, wardens, authorised ministers to which any other interested persons are welcome.
• Around the same time I will conduct a Confirmation Service for the partnered deaneries that will also act as the focus for the deaneries to gather with me in worship and recommitment in our mission and witness.

The archdeacons are currently discussing dates, times and venues with the area deans. At this stage, however, it would be helpful to give you the dates of the Confirmation services to help you in your planning. Alongside the ‘Visitation’ confirmations I have included some addition general Confirmation services to enable a reasonable spread of service locations across the two year period. Please get in touch with my office if you feel any more confirmations are required.

This list of Confirmations will be updated with venues and times in due course.

             2013

Date

Confirmation

Sunday
February 24th

Diocesan Confirmation
(venue to be in the Llanrhos deanery)

Saturday
March 30th

Easter Vigil and diocesan Confirmation
St Asaph Cathedral  1900hr

Sunday
June 9th

‘Visitation’ Confirmation for the deaneries of
Cedewain, Pool, & Mathrafal

Sunday
June 30th

General Confirmation
St Giles’ Church, Wrexham  1500hr

Sunday
July 7th

‘Visitation’ confirmation for deanery of
Penllyn & Edeyrnion

Sunday
October 20th

‘Visitation’ Confirmation for deaneries of
Mold and Holywell

Sunday
November 24th

‘Visitation’ confirmation for deaneries of
Hawarden & Alyn

Wednesday
December 4th

Nicholastide Confirmation
St Asaph Cathedral  1830hr

 

           2014

Date

Confirmation

Sunday
March 16th

‘Visitation’ confirmation for the deaneries of
St Asaph and Llanrhos

Saturday
April 19th

Easter Vigil and diocesan Confirmation
St Asaph Cathedral 1900hr

Sunday
June 29th

‘Visitation’ confirmation for the deaneries of
Wrexham and Dee Valley

Sunday
July 6th

‘Visitation’ confirmation for deanery of
Denbigh & Dyffryn Clwyd

Sunday
September 21st

General confirmation
St Nicholas’ Church, Montgomery

Sunday
November 16th

General confirmation
St Matthew’s Church, Buckley

Wednesday
December 3rd

Nicholastide confirmation
St Asaph Cathedral 1830hr

Notes and Queries

Advent Pastoral Letter
I will be issuing an Advent Pastoral Letter once again this year to be read at the main act of public worship on Advent Sunday, 2nd December and this will be issued to you a good time in advance. I received positive feedback last year when I recorded my message as a sound file and intend to repeat it for those who would find this helpful.

Almanac
Martin Snellgrove has prepared a concise almanac for the Sundays and major feast days of the Church year from Advent 2012 and into 2013. He has offered it now to be used by anyone who may find it useful, and I attach a copy herewith.

News of the Family
I am very sorry to report the death of Morris Jones Morris, father in law of Ian Forster. Morris was tragically killed in a car accident in early October, and our thoughts and prayers go to Mandy and all the family.

Renewal of Permissions to Officiate
Thank you to the eighty clergy who have already been in touch to seek renewal of my Permission to Officiate. Your contribution to the worshipping life of our diocese is most appreciated and valued. I look forward to receiving any outstanding applications for renewal as soon as possible, mindful that all unrenewed PTOs expire at the end of this year.

Stop Human Trafficking
The North East Wales Human Trafficking Awareness Group will be hosting a presentation by the Medaille Trust that supports rescued victims, raises awareness and campaigns to stop this modern day slavery. We assume that this is a distant problem, but I’m afraid that it is very real, even in north Wales. The meeting will take place at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 17 Coleshill Street, Flint CH6 5BQ on Wednesday, 07 November 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Refreshments will be provided on arrival. Please register your intention to attend the talk by contacting Patrick Ward 01352 711046 or by email.

Year of Pilgrimage
The organising committee for our Year of Pilgrimage in 2013 is encouraging Churches and Holy Sites to buy a stamp for people to use to mark their pilgrimage. Any Church doing so will receive 10 free Pilgrim’s Passports which will be available by Easter 2013. There’s more information on the website. The committee is really keen to see as many of our Churches and Holy Sites as possible represented with stamps.

With my continued respect and prayers for your ongoing ministry and service,

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