February 2013


Ad Clerum : Chwefror 1af 2013 February 1st
Noswyl Gwylfair : The Eve of Candlemas


Dilynwch Fi, medd yr Arglwydd
Follow Me, says the Lord

In this Ad Clerum…

• Episcopal Visitation
• The Lent Study Course
• Teulu Asaph
• Hwyl a Helo

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

The Lent Prayer : The Diocesan Prayer for the Year of Pilgrimage

The prayer that is offered for Lent this year has been developed by the Revd Kate Johnson in co-operation with others to reflect the theme of our Year of Pilgrimage which begins in May. I invite all members of the Teulu Asaff to join me in saying this prayer every evening during Lent at their evening prayers, or at 1800hr, whichever is most convenient. Those parishes which have requested prayer cards from Esgobty should be receiving them in the very near future. However, the prayer can be reproduced freely on parish newsheets and in magazines. It is printed below or you can download it here.

O Arglwydd ein Duw, ‘rwyt yn ein hannog ymlaen ar y llwybr sanctaidd trwy’n bywyd.
Agor ein calonnau i dderbyn digonedd dy Ysbryd yn ymdrechion ein pererindod, yng nghwestiynnau ein calonnau ac yn y dioddefaint sy’n dod i’n rhan.
Pa ffurf bynnag fydd i’n pererindod a ble bynnag y mae
yn ein harwain helpa ni i dderbyn iachad dy Ysbryd trawsffurfiol i’n harfogi garu’r byd ac i gerdded y llwybr sanctaidd y dewisaist i ni. Amen.

O Lord our God, you urge us onwards in the sacred path through life.
Open our hearts to receive the abundance of your Spirit in the struggles of our pilgrimage, in the questions of our hearts and in the suffering that life can bring.
Whatever form our pilgrimage may take, and wherever it may lead, help us to accept the healing of your transforming Spirit, to equip us to love the world and walk in the sacred path you have chosen for us. Amen.

Year of Pilgrimage Study Course

I am pleased to commend the diocesan Pilgrimage Study Course to you. The course is suitable for use at any time of the year, not only in Lent. A great deal of work has gone into the preparation of the course material and as it is currently still at the trial stage it is only available for downloading from the Year of Pilgrimage website as of February 6th. It would be helpful to have a good number of study groups trialling the material so that we can have feedback of how it works in practice. It would be helpful if feedback could be sent to Manon James or Heather Fenton by the end of April. Following this the material will be revised before being made available as a hard copy.

Chrism Eucharist – 28 March

The Chrism Eucharist will be held, as usual, at 1100hr on Maundy Thursday in the Cathedral. Once again, I look forward to celebrating this Eucharist with all serving clergy, with the opportunity to renew our ordination vows and express our collegiality by concelebrating. I would particularly like to affirm the invitation to all retired clergy in the diocese, as it is good to celebrate their ongoing priesthood and collegiality with us, and to extend an invitation through the clergy for lay people to attend and support this event. Would you all please be pro-active in extending these invitations? Dress for clergy will be alb or surplice with white stole as usual.

As in previous years, lunch will be provided after the worship. This year, however, a lunch ticket will be required by everyone attending. A free ticket has been allocated to every serving cleric and this can be collected on the day in the Cathedral. If you are bringing retired clergy, Readers or parishioners with you they are warmly invited to the lunch as well, but will require a ticket obtainable in advance from Esgobty. Again these tickets are free, on a first come first served basis, until we reach a total of 200 diners. Once this ceiling is reached tickets can still be obtained but there will be a £5 charge per ticket. To ensure a fair distribution of tickets I would ask that no more than five free tickets are requested per parish grouping.

Second Episcopal Visitation

A reminder that my Second Visitation begins later this year and you will see below the full schedule. Detailed arrangements are in place for the first half of 2013, and I look forward to receiving from the area deans details of the arrangements for the later Visitations in the autumn and 2014.

The Visitation Citation and Articles of Inquiry for licensed clergy, readers and churchwardens will be with the three deaneries in the Montgomery archdeaconry shortly, with other deaneries receiving them approximately three months ahead of the relevant Visitation. I attach for your reference a copy of my covering letter that will accompany these papers. Shortly you will also be able to find the resources for the Visitations on the Diocesan website.

I remind you of the structure of the Visitation:

• 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. You will be required to bring to the Visitation your parish registers for inspection, as instructed in the Citation.

• Around the same time I will conduct a Confirmation Service for the partnered deaneries This service will also act as the focus for the deaneries to gather with me in worship and recommitment in our shared mission and witness.

2013

Deanery

Date

Event

Venue

Time

Cedewain, Pool & Mathrafal

Tuesday, 23 April

Joint Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

St Mary’s Church Rooms, Welshpool

1200hr

Pool

Tuesday, 23 April

Pool Deanery Visitation

St John the Evangelist, Pool Quay

1900hr

Cedewain

Thursday, 16 May

Cedewain Deanery Visitation

All Saints’, Newtown

1900hr

Mathrafal

Tuesday, 21 May

Mathrafal Deanery Visitation

St Myllin’s, Llanfyllin

1900hr

Cedewain, Pool & Mathrafal

Sunday, 09 June

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

St Michael’s, Kerry

1030hr

Penllyn & Edeyrnion

Tuesday, 25 June

Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

The Rectory, Llandegla

1200hr

Penllyn & Edeyrnion

Tuesday, 25 June

Penllyn & Edeyrnion Deanery Visitation

St Trillo’s Church, Llandrillo

1900hr

Penllyn & Edeyrnion

Sunday, 07 July

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

St John the Baptist, Ysbyty Ifan

1530hr

 

Deanery

Date

Event

Holywell & Mold & Hawarden

Wed., 25 September 2013

Joint Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

Mold

Wed., 25 September 2013

Mold Deanery Visitation

Hawarden

Thursday, 03 October 2013

Hawarden Deanery Visitation

Holywell

Wed., 09 October 2013

Holywell Deanery Visitation

Holywell & Mold & Hawarden

Sunday, 20 October 2013

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

2014

Deanery

Date

Event

Llanrhos & St Asaph

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Joint Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

Llanrhos

Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Llanrhos Deanery Visitation

St Asaph

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

St Asaph Deanery Visitation

Llanrhos & St Asaph

Sunday, 16 March 2014

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

Dee Valley & Wrexham & Alyn

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Joint Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

Dee Valley

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Dee Valley Deanery Visitation

Alyn

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Alyn Deanery Visitation

Wrexham

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Wrexham Deanery Visitation

Denbigh &
Dyffryn Clwyd

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Joint Chapter Lunch &
afternoon meeting

Denbigh

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Denbigh Deanery Visitation

Dee Valley & Wrexham & Alyn

Sunday, 29 June 2014

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

Dyffryn Clwyd

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Dyffryn Clwyd Deanery Visitation

Denbigh & Dyffryn Clwyd

Sunday, 06 July 2014

‘Visitation’ Confirmation

Other Important Dates for the Diary

20 Feb 1900hr Licensing of Brian Harvey as Priest-in-Charge of Bagillt,
at St Mary’s Church, Bagillt
24 Feb 1100hr Confirmation at St David’s Church, Penrhyn Bay (please note new time and venue)
25 Feb 0930hr-1530hr CMD Day, in the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
04-05 Mar Area Deans’ Residential Meeting, Foxhill Conference Centre, Frodsham
04-05 Mar Office at Esgobty closed
07 Mar 1900hr Licensing of Graham Beckett as Priest in Charge of Mostyn, at Christ Church, Mostyn
21 Mar Enthronement of Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. (I don’t get an invite, but I think we should all be holding Justin in our prayers)
28 Mar 1100hr Chrism Eucharist in the Cathedral
30 Mar 1900hr Easter Vigil and Diocesan Confirmation at the Cathedral
14 Apr 1530hr Confirmation, All Saints’ Church, Gresford
23 May 1900hr Induction of Martin Snellgrove as Rector of the Corwen Group of Parishes along with his Commissioning as Area Dean of Penllyn & Edeyrnion at St John the Evangelist, Cynwyd
29 June 1000hr Petertide Ordination in the Cathedral

Hwyl a Helo

I am delighted to announce that Lorraine Badger Watts will be taking up the position of Assistant Curate in the Petryal Group of parishes, and Sam Erlandson the position of Assistant Curate in the Llay group of parishes, when they are ordained Deacon at the Petertide Ordination later this year. We warmly welcome them and their families to the diocese, and I hope that you will remember them in your prayers as they prepare for their ordination, as well as Elaine Atack and Lesley Cooke, who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood.

Congratulations to the Revd Manon James,on the occasion of her marriage to Dylan, which was celebrated the day after the Feast of St Dwynwen (very significant!). We welcome Dylan to the diocesan family, and wish the former Manon Parry and Mr Dylan James every joy together. I felt very happy as bishop to be invited to give the blessings at the ceremony, which was conducted very ably and properly by Canon Nia Williams from Bangor (well yes, and the Deanery!)

I am sure that you will be saddened to know of the death of the former dean, the Very Revd Kerry Goulstone at the end of January. Kerry was a faithful servant of this diocese, and we hold his wife, Lyneth, in our prayers at this time. There will be a memorial service in the Cathedral in due course, and we will notify clergy of that as soon as it is arranged. I was also very sorry to hear of the death of Bob Griffithsmother, Pat, in the last month. Our condolences and prayers go to Bob and all his family at this time of their loss.

Notes and Queries

Affordable Housing
RB Property Services together with Faith in Affordable Housing (part of Housing Justice), are organizing a one day conference on affordable housing in Wales on 26 April in Cardiff. Details of the event and booking arrangements can be found here.

Church in Wales Review
Please find attached the latest information concerning the Church in Wales Review process.
You will find the Diocesan Response to the Review on the website.

Lent Prayer Cards
There are a few prayer cards remaining for any who wish to request them. Please contact Siân at Esgobty.

Teulu Asaph
I’m very grateful to Phil Topham for editing this superb news magazine that keeps us up to date with the family, but I must admit that I’m pretty depressed when I see our church porches, and tables at the back of churches, littered with outdated past numbers. At one Church I visited last month, the June/July 2012 edition was the latest on display. Well, there is scope for keeping back numbers available, but it is not a good use of resources, and gives a dated impression of our Church life and mission, if old editions like this are left lying around. There had been no less than three later editions published in this instance.

Could you also adjust your order to reflect how many copies of Teulu Asaph are actively used or displayed for availability?

Phil and the Communication Team have recently launched a review of Teulu Asaph and are inviting feedback on the publication. Please encourage as many as possible to participate. Details can be found in the latest edition of the magazine and are also available here.

 

If you’ve been following my movements in the intercessions notices, you’ll have noticed that I visited Canada in January as the guest of Bishop Don Bolen, who joined us for the Joint Study Days which were organised in 2011. I enjoyed and valued my visit to Saskatoon, even if the temperatures fell to -41c. The visit was timed to co-incide with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, although I was worked hard with one lecture, two sermons and three workshops in five days. It was encouraging to see the enthusiasm for ecumenism in Saskatoon, and the impressive new Cathedral of the Holy Family for the Roman Catholic diocese which has just been completed for the equivalent of £20 million.

Given the plans of the Covenanted Churches Commission in Wales for a Church Uniting in Wales, ecumenism will be a major theme in my Second Visitation. I hope that we are mindful in this diocese of the work we can be undertaking with our ecumenical partners. The Lund dictum, adopted by the World Council of Churches some years ago, is instructive here. It encourages us to do everything together that deep differences of conviction do not compel us to do separately, and this is something of which we should be mindful when we develop our own plans for mission and outreach in our communities.

I wish you all the best for Lent, and for any parish programmes that you have arranged. May we all grow up and flourish in our lives in Christ in this season,

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