January 2012

Ad Clerum : 9fed Ionawr 2012 January 9th
Noswyl William Laud, Esgob : The Eve of William Laud, Bishop
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)


Annwyl Gyfeillion,

I open this Ad Clerum with my best wishes to you for 2012. William Laud is not a particularly auspicious saint with which to open the year, but he did try to be a faithful Anglican in trying circumstances, and so might be a bit of a patron for us as we try to navigate our way through the tribulations of Church and nation. A warm thank you to all those of you who sent Christmas cards and greetings, or who expressed thanks for the book token. The book token is funded in part from a trust held by the Representative Body, and part from my own discretionary funds, and it is always helpful to know how widely it is felt to be a worthwhile use of resources to support your own ministries.

The Advent letter and recording which launched the diocesan motto for 2012 seemed to be well received from the feedback we’ve had here in Esgobty, and the new strap line is faithfully reproduced at the top of this Ad Clerum. I hope that such a motto can be something that aids our mission rather than just a little gimmick. The Christian message is so rich, and Christian life so wide, that I believe that anything is helpful which can focus the life of the diocese on our discipleship, and give us a sense of working together to follow Jesus, but it really needs picking up and using in parish life. A sermon of your own, an article in the parish magazine, a bible study with the PCC based on the passage to unpack it a little are ways in which I hope clergy feel able to use it. Using it on your own letterhead and in your magazine can also help.

Nor are the diocesan priorities articulated two years ago now gone and forgotten. A leading lay member of the diocese described them to me as “The Three Es”, and so they are, but the chance to hang discussion about our mission and church life in the congregation and the PCC is still positive. I’d be interested in hearing any stories of how the priorities may have been the basis of some good initiatives in our common life, and the way in which they’re being taken forward in 2012.

Hwyl a Helo

John Thelwell has indicated to me his intention to resign as Archdeacon of Montgomery and Vicar of Berriew from 30th June 2012. John has been a friend and colleague of enormous worth to me since I came to the diocese just under three years ago now, and has had a profoundly effective ministry in the diocese over four decades, as Youth Chaplain, in Gwernaffield, Hawarden and Berriew, and as Archdeacon for the last ten years. He has a quiet manner, but is unafraid to engage with difficult matters, and has earned huge respect and affection. The ordination, which takes place on his very last day of stipendiary ministry, will be the point when we can say more and celebrate his ministry. I intend to begin a process of consultation at the first CMD day this year about the future of the post of Archdeacon of Montgomery.

I am delighted that David Child has accepted my invitation to take up the post of Area Dean of the new Dee Valley Deanery. David was commissioned to this ministry at the service to mark the union of the Bangor and Llangollen deaneries on January 6th. David has had a faithful ministry as an NSM for eight years, and is taking up House for Duty ministry in Overton, and will bring considerable skills to bear as Area Dean also.

I was very sorry to hear of the death of David Jack’s father, Eric, just before Christmas. I am sure that you all join with me in offering our condolences to David, and our prayers.

2012 Wedding and Funeral Fees

The Church in Wales has had to develop its own increases in fees for 2012, given that the Church of England has failed to come to agreement.  The figures set out below represent the upper limit of the sums in pounds sterling that the Church in Wales believes should be charged.



Fees payable to

Ffioedd yn daladwy i’r Ebrwyad

Fees Payable to

Ffioedd yn daladwy

i’r CPE

Total Fee
Cyfanswm y ffioedd sy’n daladwy

Publication of Banns
Cyhoeddi’r Gostegion







Certificate of Banns issued at the time of Publication
Tystysgrif Gostegion a roddir ar adeg y Cyhoeddi






Marriage Service
Y Gwasanaeth Priodas







Common Licence
Trwydded Gyffredin
(Fee reviewed in April of each year)
Adolygir ym mis Ebrill bob blwyddyn





The situation with respect to funeral fees is more complicated.  The 2012 funeral fees are not available yet as they have to be approved by the Welsh Office. They will probably be circulated in February or March.  In the meantime the 2011 fee structure remains in force.

Dates for the Diary

11 Jan 1900hr The Licensing of David Child as Priest-in-charge of Overton & Erbistock at St Mary the Virgin, Overton.

23 Jan 1900hr The Induction of Clive Hughes as the Vicar of the augmented Hanmer Group of Parishes at St Mary Magdalene Church, Penley.

29 Jan 1500hr Service for Candlemas at St Mary’s Church, Llanfair Caereinion celebrating the merger of Caereinion and Llanfyllin Deaneries.

05 Feb 1600hr Candlemas Service for the merging deaneries of Gresford and Minera at Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt.

26 Feb 1530hr Evensong and Installation of Pauline Walker and Peter Wykes as Canons in the Cathedral.

15 Mar 0930hr Open House Eucharist at St Margaret’s Church, Wrexham. All clergy are warmly invited to share in the Eucharist with the bishop and fellow clergy, also some study and conversation. We finish by 12 noon.

Notes and Queries

Anniversaries in Ministry

On Sunday June 17th, the Dean is organising a special Eucharist at the cathedral to mark to the day the Golden Jubilee of the ordination to the priesthood of Philip Bryan Jones, Sydney Gilbert, Clive Southerton, Gwyn Lloyd Jones, Neville Jones, and Llewelyn Rogers. We look forward to sharing with them this joyful event in due course. I would like to invite any others who will be celebrating a significant ordination anniversary during 2012 to join in this occasion – anniversaries such as 25 years and the subsequent ‘0’ anniversaries thereafter. If you have a special anniversary this year that you would like to celebrate with us on June 17th then please contact the Dean, and, if successful, we may try to organise an occasion each year when such anniversaries can be recognised.

The Real Easter Egg 2012

I am pleased to commend the Real Easter Egg 2012 campaign to you and your congregations. The Real Easter Egg is the first and only Fairtrade Easter egg to explain the Easter story on the box and give money to charity. It was launched last year as a mail order gift after the supermarkets turned it down.

The Real Easter Egg is breaking new ground this year and has had a make-over with brighter colours. The Easter story on the outside of the box is a colourful visual and there are three crosses on the front. For the first time ever on an Easter Egg there is a bible quote under the lid and a free copy of the Easer story included inside every box. These new features make the egg even more attractive.

The recommended retail price is £3.99. The Real Easter Egg is made from 125g of high quality Fairtrade chocolate and 15 pence from every sale is donated to Traidcraft Exchange. The official Real Easter Egg online shop can be found here. To ensure supply, churches are advised to place a bulk order by the end of February. You will also find more information on the Diocesan website.


The Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant group of parishes will be advertised as a full-time post shortly. We will also be considering appointments to Rhosymedre and Ruabon – newly grouped, and to Eglwys Bach and Glan Conwy. The archdeacons should be the first point of contact for interest in these appointments.

You may well have friends in the Church in Wales or the Church of England – or even elsewhere in the Communion – to whom you’d like to mention these appointments, or who would be interested in House for Duty positions. I warmly welcome all expressions of interest.

So, at the beginning of this Olympics Year, and a Diamond Jubilee for Her Majesty, I wish you all the very best for whatever lies ahead in your lives, with your families, and in your ministries.