Bydd wrol a dewr iawn! (Josua 1.7)
Be strong and very courageous! (Joshua 1.7)
Last weekend, I shared with many others from our diocese in “The Time is Now” Conference. This event was organized by the Implementation Group of 2020 Vision as a celebration of what is happening around the Province, with the intention that it might also inform and inspire the reactions of clergy and laity to 2020 Vision.
There’s a lot going on, and things that we must learn from each of the dioceses. Of course, I was immensely proud of the work revealed by our own diocese. From the moment delegates arrived, they were greeted by St Asaph music (the Llan Band), with contributions by a huge and diverse range of diocesan involvement. Many people have said to me how impressed they were by our Youth Forum, and, although I don’t want to begin naming names, there were many other individuals who have made a huge impression. A big thank you to all who took part.
Of course, “The Time is Now” was not intended just to be a big jamboree, but also a stimulus for the renewal of the Church, the real motivation behind “Unlocking our Potential” of course. It is not about change for change’s sake, but about refreshing our vision of what God can achieve through us in north east and central Wales.
In order to keep the vision and the momentum, everyone in the diocese will be invited to participate in a follow up event, and if you put the weekend of the end of February and beginning of March in your diary now (27th February – 1st March), you won’t be disappointed. We have already arranged for Mark Yaconelli, an inspirational speaker from the US, to be leading these events, and more details will follow in due course.
Hwyl a Helo
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Chancellor Pam Powell as the new Transition Missioner, in succession to John Lomas. Pam will be holding this post in conjunction with the parish ministry of a new grouping in Alyn Deanery, Brymbo and Bwlchgwyn, but the role is intended as being very different to that undertaken by John. Instead of supporting individual parishes or groups in an interregnum, Pam will be commissioned to work across the diocese in helping us to transform our lives as part of the “Unlocking our Potential” programme. Given the importance of this initiative to the future life of the diocese, it will be great to have someone of Pam’s experience of leading Mission Area transition and lay training in place to assist us all with this work.
I have issued Permissions to Officiate to Russell Owen (Dyffryn Clwyd) and Mike Williams (Denbigh). Chancellor Walter Williams has relinquished his Permission. To all those clergy continuing to assist our work by undertaking liturgical duties, and to all those who are now moving to a more complete retirement, we offer our grateful thanks.
I am sure you share with me our sadness on hearing of the death of Harry Eccles whose ministry was much appreciated in and around Llandudno.
In January we will be looking for the right priests to fill the following vacancies:
• 2nd Curacy in Pool Deanery
• Vicar of Colwyn and Llanelian
• Canon Precentor at Cathedral and Vicar in Rectorial Benefice of St Asaph
There will be more details in the January ad Clerum, but if you wish to express an interest, then please speak to the relevant Archdeacon. In February the post of Rector of Denbigh will be advertised. Also the recently advertised posts for Vicar of St Giles in Wrexham, for Vicar of the Guilsfield Group of Parishes, and for Area Dean of Holywell/ Vicar of the Gorsedd Group remain unfilled. Any expressions of interest, or recommendations as to possible candidates, should likewise be made to the relevant Archdeacon.
Dates for your diary
Monday, 1 Decr Installation of John Lomas as Archdeacon of St Asaph at Choral Evensong in the Cathedral, 1800hr
Tuesday, 2 Decr Parochial Fees Consultation Meeting, Cathedral, 1100hr
Wednesday, 10 Decr Nicholastide Confirmation, Cathedral, 1830hr
8 Commissioning of Jonathan Smith as Mission Area Leader and the Ministry Team for Wrexham, St Giles’ Church, Wrexham 1900hr
11 Induction of John Lomas as Rector of Caerwys and Bodfari at St Michael’s Church, Caerwys, 1500hr
14 Changing Posts Consultation, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold 10am – 3.30pm
18 Induction and Commissioning of Pam Powell as Vicar of Brymbo and Bwlchgwyn & Transition Missioner, St Mary’s Church Brymbo, 1500hr
19 The Licensing of Carole Poolman as Priest in Charge of Treuddyn & Nercwys at St Mary’s Church, Treuddyn at 1900hr
20 Clergy Synod Day, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold
LATER IN THE YEAR
4 March Licensing of Danny & Mary Evans at St Deiniol’s Church, Hawarden, 1900hr.
8 March Licensing of James Alyward as Priest-in-Charge of Southsea at All Saints’ Church, Southsea at 1600hr
9/10 March Area Deans / MAL Residential Meeting, Foxhill, Frodsham
2 April Chrism Eucharist, Cathedral, 1100hr
13 June Readers’ Day, Gresford
21 June Anniversaries of Ordination Service, Cathedral 1100hr
27 June Ordination, Cathedral, 1000hr
29 September Clergy Synod Day, venue to be confirmed
7 October Retired Clergy Association Eucharist & lunch, St Asaph
10 October Diocesan Conference
11/12 November Area Deans / MAL residential, Foxhill, Frodsham
Notes and Queries
Christmas Holidays and Esgobty Office Closure
The bishop’s office here in Esgobty will be closed from 1200hr on Tuesday, 24th December, until 0900hr on Monday, 5th January, 2015. During this period of closure, urgent matters should be directed to the Archdeacons who will all be contactable over this period. Emails to Esgobty will be monitored, but responses may not be generated until Epiphany.
A Changing Posts Consultation day has been planned for next month on January 14th 10am – 3.30pm at the Beaufort Park Hotel Mold for those who have moved posts in the past 12 months or will be doing so shortly. Manon needs names by the end of this month, and ideally as soon as possible. It will be a day set aside to help us reflect on a recent change of role in a safe, supportive and prayerful environment. Although it is primarily for those who have changed roles, if anyone would appreciate space to reflect on their work then they would of course be very welcome. To book a place please contact Manon on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01492 516728.
Please also note, where appropriate, that the Welcome to the Diocese day has now been changed to March 17th.
Consultation on Same Sex Partnerships
The Standing Committee approved plans last week to hold three archdeaconry consultations in the first week of June, and we have invited Canon Phil Groves, of the Anglican Communion Office, and editor of the definitive work, “The Anglican Communion and Human Sexuality”, to facilitate the discussions at these events. The details have finally to be decided, but the evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2nd-4th June 2015, have been identified for successive meetings.
All members of the Diocesan Conference will be invited to these meetings, although they will be open to any members of the diocese who wish to attend.
You will already have received the short consultation paper issued by the bishops. Richard Hainsworth and Mike West have done some work on two further briefing papers to enhance and develop these, and copies will be made available on the web shortly.
Intercession for Vocations and Training
Advent 3 and the Ember Days that follow provide us with the opportunity to focus particularly on intercession for vocations, those in training and those preparing for ordination as deacon and priest. You will find a prayer leaflet and details of further resources attached with this ad Clerum. Advent 3 Ember intercession petitions 2014
Lectionary Year B
For the last two years Martin Snellgrove has provided us with a concise Lectionary.
Please find attached this year’s edition. Concise Almanac Year B This edition has become more concise as Martin has reduced it to two sides of A4 back-to-back by giving users the option of either the Related or the Continuous Old Testament options for the Sundays after Trinity, and by including only the Principal Service provision.
Lent Prayer Cards
Orders are now invited for the Lent 2015 Prayer Card which will reflect our 2020 Vision theme of ‘Unlocking our Potential’. Please would you email Esgobty as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, 06 January indicating how many prayer cards you would like to reserve. The prayer cards will be available for collection at the Clergy Synod day on Tuesday, 20 January.
I hope that you welcomed, enjoyed, or valued my Advent Message. I am very grateful to Phil Topham as Communication Officer, who did sterling work to turn my halting phrases into a well edited and slick DVD production (which can be viewed on You Tube), and I hope that it struck the right note for your congregations. It is so easy to talk in glorious phrases about God’s love, but the challenge of Advent is to live that love so that it is a reality in our lives and the lives of our communities.
I pray that you’ll know blessing and strength in your own observation of Advent, and blessings too on your churches’ plans for Christmas.