Bishop’s Ad Clerum – July 2014

Unlocking our Potential Logo CROPPEDAd Clerum :
1af o Orffennaf 2014 July 1st

Bydd wrol a dewr iawn! (Josua 1.7)
Be strong and very courageous! (Joshua 1.7)

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

A warm greeting to you at a time when the weather seems to be balmy. I would like to thank all the clergy who supported two significant events this last week: the ordination on Saturday last and the funeral of Anthapurusha on Monday. Such are the highs and lows of ministry that we all share: a joyful occasion one day, a sad occasion another. At times like this, the family of St Asaph needs to support one another and express our common life.

Congratulations to Jonathan Skipper on his ordination to the diaconate, and to Lorraine Badger-Watts and Sam Erlandson on their ordination to the priesthood. We continue to pray for every blessing on their work. Jonathan is beginning his ministry as NSM Assistant Curate in the Llanfyllin Group of parishes. I am grateful to all the clergy who made the effort to support our new colleagues in their ministry, and to Bishop Dominic Walker for leading an excellent retreat and preaching a fine sermon.

Anthapurusha was a one off. He brought to the diocese a unique perspective of ministry, but an enthusiasm for the Gospel and for inter-faith relations that was refreshing and dedicated. He made a huge spectrum of friends, and bore his illness over the last fourteen months with fortitude and faith. Our love goes to Nandita and the family at this time, and we continue to hold them all in prayer.

Archdeacon of St Asaph

I am very pleased to be able to announce the appointment of Canon John Lomas as the new Archdeacon of St Asaph in succession to the Venerable Chris Potter, who retires at the beginning of October. There will be a chance to thank Chris for his ministry at the Diocesan Conference, and Chris has contributed so much to the life of the diocese that I will say my encomia for latter in the year.

John, however, is another faithful priest of the diocese, who has been bold and direct in his commitment to the Gospel, and innovative in his ministry, serving with distinction in Holywell, and more recently as Transition Missioner. John will also hold the appointment as Rector of Caerwys and Bodfari, and I will be planning and induction and installation for John in his new roles towards the end of the year. I am delighted to welcome John to this new role. I am sure that he will be an excellent Archdeacon, especially as we move forward with our “Unlocking our Potential” programme.

Hwyl a Helo

I am delighted to give notice of the appointment of Val Rowlands to the post of Rector of Llandyrnog and Vicar of Llanrhaeadr yn Nghinmeirch. Val succeeds to Bernard Thomas in Llandyrnog and Llangwyfan, and will succeed Mike Williams in Llanrhaeadr and Nantglyn, when Mike retires at the end of October. To this end, Val will be licensed to Llandyrnog at the beginning of September, but this will be followed with a full Induction to the group in November.

Ian Forster has indicated to me that he is resigning from his post in Hawarden with effect from 31 October. Ian and Mandy came to us from the diocese of St David’s, and Ian has served with dedication and determination in Broughton. We wish Ian and Mandy well as they move into a new chapter in their lives.

We send our good wishes to Leonard Parry Jones as he moves from Kerry to Shrewsbury giving thanks for the sixty years of dedicated service to the diocese in licensed ministry and retirement.

Datgloi ein Potensial: Unlocking our Potential

The first edition of our Unlocking our Potential Toolkit is almost complete, and ready to go out to parishes. It successfully crystalises the main themes of 2020 Vision as that is being understood in our diocese, and is offered for discussion and feedback by every PCC and deanery and mission area conference. The packs will be arriving in mid-July.

I have been conducting a review with the Area Deans on the progress that we are making on Mission Areas in the diocese. The truth is that there are probably about four deaneries that are beating the way forward on this change of culture and being Church, and four who have barely registered the existence of this initiative, while the bulk of deaneries are working steadily towards transformation.

I am personally convinced that if we are to move “from maintenance to mission” (which seems to be the slogan that has dominated my thirty years in ordained ministry – with little impact, if truth be told) then the key to unlock the future lies in partnership: partnership between the clergy, partnership between clergy and laity, releasing the potential for ownership and participation in ministry by the whole people of God, and partnership between churches to create the energy and critical mass to be bold in undertaking mission and witness.

The “Unlocking out Potential” toolkit introduces people to the Harries Review, 2020 Vision, and our way of understanding this in St Asaph, in a clear, direct and straightforward way, and is the result of a great deal of work by the diocesan team, and brought together by Diane MCarthy and Phil Topham. It is not intended as the definitive word on 2020 Vision, and not even as the final version of the toolkit, but as a “dynamic” document that will develop, change and be added to.

We are asking every PCC, deanery and mission area conference to consider this material in their first meeting in the autumn, if not this month, and we are asking for constructive feedback. Does it answer people’s questions? Does it help to inform and inspire support and enthusiasm? The challenge to engage with 2020 Vision is one that I am asking every member of the Teulu Asaff to embrace. Unlocking our Potential is a process which is intended to assist this, and your views on it are genuinely appreciated.


We are still looking to fill some of the posts becoming available in the diocese:

  • House-for-Duty appointment in Llansanffraid Glan Conwy in the Llanrwst Group, working alongside Sarah Hildreth.
  • Vicar of Guilsfield, Buttington and Pool Quay in the Archdeaconry of Montgomery
  • Mission Area Leader in the Deanery of Wrexham.

Please contact the relevant archdeacon if you wish to express an interest in any of these posts, or if you have a recommendation to offer.

Also an exciting opportunity being developed in the Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area has been advertised in the Church Times. The Mission Area is looking to recruit an energetic priest as Pioneer Minister who can undertake an innovative ministry within the Mission Area especially in relating to young people and families. The post would be a fixed term position of up to three years and could be an ideal second curacy. The stipend would be equivalent to that of an incumbent. Philip Chew as Mission Area Leader would be pleased to hear from any cleric in the diocese who would like to find out more. The closing date for applications is 10 July.

The diocesan budget allows for up to eight training curates in the diocese at any one time. Given that most of our current curates are now moving into their first incumbencies, and we are not currently filling these posts with new ordinations, I am looking to develop with clergy in mission areas two or three opportunities similar to that set out above.

Dates for your diary


Wednesday, 2 July Visitation to Dyffryn Clwyd Deanery, St Peter’s Church, Ruthin, 1900hr
Sunday, 6 July Confirmation for Denbigh & Dyffryn Clwyd deaneries, St Peter’s Church, Ruthin, 1530hr
Monday, 28 July Induction of Noel Carter as Rector of Rhos-Cystennin at St Paul’s Church, Criag y Don, 1900hr.

AUTUMN and beyond

Monday, 1 Sept Induction of Paulette Gower as Vicar of Gwersyllt, at Holy Trinity Church, Gwersyllt, 1900hr
Tuesday, 9 – Friday, 12 September: Residential Clergy Conference at St Anne’s College, Oxford – ‘Pressing on with the Gospel’.
Monday, 15 Sept Induction of Matthew Wilkinson as Vicar of Chirk, at St Mary’s Church, Chirk, 1900hr.
Sunday, 5 Octr Confirmation at St Nicholas’ Church, Montgomery 1100hr
Saturday, 11 Octr Diocesan Conference in the Llangollen Pavilion.
Sunday , 23 Novr Confirmation, St Matthew’s Church, Buckley 1530hr
Wednesday, 19 Novr Induction of Elaine Atack as Rector of Bala at Christ Church, Bala, 1900hr.
Wednesday, 03 Dec Nicholastide Confirmation, Cathedral, 1830hr


20 January Clergy Synod Day, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold
29 September Clergy Synod Day, venue to be confirmed

My thanks to you for all your continuing ministry and fellowship in the Gospel,






Ad Clerum – July 2014


House for Duty Priest – The Grouped Parishes of Llanrwst, Llanddoged with Capel Garmon, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy and Eglwysbach

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced House for Duty Priest to minister alongside the Rector as part of the ministry team for the Llanrhos Deanery/Mission Area. The successful candidate will work with lay and ordained colleagues across this group of parishes but will have special pastoral responsibility for Llansanffraid Glan Conwy and Eglwysbach. This is an historic area of natural beauty and great spirituality: the Conwy Valley is the gateway to Snowdonia, yet also enjoys excellent communication links

We hope that you will be:
• An enabler and encourager, developing the gifts of all God’s people
• A good team player who will work closely with our Rector
• Excited by the prospect of joining these parishes at this stage in their journey of faith
• A good listener and a lively teacher
• Supportive of Welsh culture, language and heritage

We can offer:
• A warm welcome from congregations who are looking forward to the future
• A dedicated ministry team that will support and encourage you
• An attractive modern four bedroomed vicarage in Llansanffraid Glan Conwy
For an informal conversation regarding any of these roles, please contact the Rector of Llanrwst, Revd Sarah Hildreth, on 01492 640032 or by email.

Parish profiles and an application form can be obtained from:
Mrs Karen Williams,
Administration and HR Officer
The Diocesan Office,
High Street,
St Asaph
LL17 0RD
01745 532587
or from the diocesan website

Vicar of the Parishes of Guilsfield, Buttington and Pool Quay

An energetic, inspirational and prayerful priest is required for this new grouping in Montgomeryshire, close to the market town of Welshpool.

These parishes offer enthusiastic and lively church communities where lay ministry has developed significantly in recent years and where church buildings have been adapted to assist in mission, pastoral care and hospitality. The new priest will be expected to develop further the lay ministries of these parishes and maintain the churches’ presence in community focused outreach. The new priest will also be expected to make his / her contribution to the wider mission area of Pool.

A parish profile and application form will be available during June from the Archdeacon of Montgomery. Please contact the Venerable Peter Pike if you would like to receive a copy or have an informal conversation on 01686 640223 or

Wrexham Mission Area Leader
and Priest in Charge of
St. Margaret’s and St. Mark’s Churches, Wrexham

The Bishop of St Asaph is looking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic and well organised Cleric to lead Mission Area team of four stipendiary, one non stipendiary cleric and an Associate Priest, along with three Readers and a good team of Worship Leaders and Pastoral Assistants presently working within the eight churches of the Wrexham area.

The cleric appointed would be tasked with leading the team in implementing 2020 Vision for the diocese of St. Asaph in a fresh, outward looking initiative for what has, until recently, been the Rectorial Benefice of Wrexham.

The Mission Area Leader, aided by an NSM, will also have particular care for two well motivated and forward looking churches within the Mission area.

This is a unique opportunity for person with vision and a sense of God’s calling to rise to a new challenge in the Mission Area of Wrexham.

A recruitment pack and application form is available from
the Bishop’s Secretary,
St Asaph
LL17 0TW or from the diocesan website

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact Canon John Lomas, Transition Missioner for Wrexham on 01244 579555 or the Archdeacon of Wrexham, the Ven. Bob Griffiths on 01978 790362.

specialising in Children, Youth and Families in
The Vale of Clwyd, Denbighshire

The Bishop of St Asaph is looking to appoint an energetic priest who can relate well to young people and families to work with the Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area.

• Fixed term appointment up to three years.
• Remuneration equivalent to Incumbent stipend plus housing.
• Ideal for a second curacy
• Working independently but under the guidance of the Mission Area Leader

The Vale of Clwyd is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Mission Area comprises of 13 churches centred on the market town of Ruthin.

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact the Revd Philip Chew, Mission Area Leader, on 01824 705755

A recruitment pack and application form is available from the
Bishop’s Secretary,
St Asaph
LL17 0TW
or from the diocesan website
Closing date: Thursday, 10 July 2014
Interviews will take place on Thursday, 24 July 2014