Bishop’s Ad Clerum – June 2014

Unlocking our Potential Logo CROPPEDAd Clerum :
2ail o Fehefin 2014 June 2nd

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

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

Datgloi ein Potensial: Unlocking our Potential

I hope that all of you will have seen the new edition of Teulu Asaph by now.  In its pages, the particular incarnation of 2020 Vision that we’re adopting for the diocese is set out:  Unlocking our Potential.  Not only does this themed message relate to the keys which form our diocesan crest, but they also emphasise the fact that for us, 2020 Vision is all about growing into the full potential of what God wants of the Church.

There is no escaping the fact that the last few decades have been ones of gentle decline for the Church in Wales, and one of the reasons for this is that while we’ve been getting on with what we’re good at, we’ve neglected the fact that the world is changing, and that the older ways of being Church are proving appealing to fewer people.  Yet the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ is not emptied of its power, and, as I go around the diocese, I encounter so many of us, clergy and laity, who are passionate about God’s Kingdom, and who long to see it flourish.

Are we being creative about doing new things to attract new members to active Christian discipleship?  Are we encouraging and exhorting each other to grow in our faith?  Are we recruiting the people of God into the mission of God to create that capacity to do more than we’ve been doing, to be enthusiastic about working together to build God’s Kingdom under his guidance in and his strength?

From the very first, one of the many things I have appreciated in this diocese is its desire to get on with mission.  Unlocking our Potential asks each one of us to think about how there are new ways of being Church, new ways of drawing people into discipleship, of drawing disciples into ministry and mission, and orienting our life towards growth and mission.  This is the vision underlying Unlocking our Potential.

Later this month, each parish will be sent a resource pack for this aspect of 2020 Vision: I very much hope that you will be able to use it, adapt it, apply it, and encourage others to do the same.

Hwyl a Helo

I welcome Aidan Coleman to the role of Acting Area Dean of Holywell as Graham Beckett takes retirement at the end of this month.

I have issued Permissions to Officiate to the Revd Deborah Swann and to Chancellor Peter Russell Jones, who retires from the Diocese of Bangor to Colwyn Bay later this Summer.

Canon Bryan Jones is relinquishing his PTO after 53 years of authorized ministry connected with diocese, and Mike Keulemans is also relinquishing his PTO.  I am grateful for all that has been of God in the ministries of these priests.

We rejoice with Gwenda Cooper and Tommy on the birth of their grandchild, Elis Tomos Cooper.

We grieve with Kathy Southerton and her father Clive, who recently lost Marion, on the news of the death of George Trimby, another priest who served in this diocese, seeking to offer faithful witness to the Gospel of Christ.

Petertide General Ordination

Please pray for Lorraine Badger Watts and Sam Erlandson, who are to be ordained Priest, and Jonathan Skipper, who is to be ordained Deacon to serve in the parishes of the Llanfyllin Group, on Saturday, 28th June, at 1000hr in the Cathedral.  Bishop Dominic Walker OGS will be leading the retreat and preaching.  I hope that many of you have put the ordination in your diaries and will support these ordinands in your prayers and with your presence.

Robing for the ordination (alb or surplice and white stole) for clergy and readers will be in St Asaph VP Infants School opposite the Cathedral, with the Cathedral Chapter robing in the Translators’ Chapel in the Cathedral.


We are advertising three posts in the diocese this month.  Please find the adverts for these positions at the end of this ad Clerum.

  • Rector of the new Llandyrnog and Llanrhaeadr YN group,
  • Vicar of Guilsfield & Buttington (which will be grouped with Pool Quay subject to the agreement of Standing Committee),
  • House-for-Duty appointment in Llansanffraid Glan Conwy in the Llanrwst Group, working alongside Sarah Hildreth.

Also an exciting opportunity is being developed in the Dyffryn Clwyd Mission Area that will be advertised shortly 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 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


Sunday, 8         Induction of Robbie Dennis at St Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay, 1530hr.
Tuesday, 10     Visitation Lunch and meeting with Chapters of Denbigh & Dyffryn                                         Clwyd deaneries at St Mary’s Church, Denbigh, 1300hr
Visitation to Denbigh Deanery, St Mary’s Church, Denbigh, 1900hr
Saturday, 14    Readers’ Day at Gresford, starting at 1100hr with the Eucharist.
Sunday, 15      Confirmation for Alyn Deanery, St Tudfil’s, Coedpoeth, 1500hr
Sunday, 22      Eucharist with Thanksgiving for Anniversaries of Ordination,                   Cathedral,1100hr.
Saturday, 28        Petertide Ordination at Cathedral 1000hr
Sunday, 29    Confirmation for Dee Valley and Wrexham deaneries, St Giles Wrexham, 1500hr.
Monday, 30    Licensing of Neil Kelly as Priest-in-charge of Buckley at St Matthew’s Church, 1900hr


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

Notes and Queries

Readers’ Day
A final reminder that the Diocesan Readers’ Day, is being held in a fortnight at Gresford on Saturday, 14th June.  The day begins with a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11am and the Readers have indicated how much they value the support of the clergy by attendance.  Please do consider doing this to affirm and honour our Readers with a good turnout of robed clergy.

Sea Sunday
Sea Sunday falls on July 13th this year and I am pleased to attach further information from the Mission to Seafarers.

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

Bishop Gregory Signature





Ad Clerum 01 06 2014

Rector of the newly grouped parishes of
Llandyrnog and Llangwyfan, Llanrhaeadr Yng Nghinmeirch and Nantglyn

The Bishop of St Asaph is looking to appoint an inspiring and encouraging priest at an exciting time of change and development for these newly grouped parishes.  The parishes are part of the emerging Denbigh Mission Area and share a vision to extend mission and ministry by building closer links and relationships with the local communities, neighbouring parishes and ecumenical partners. There are friendly, good-humoured and hard-working congregations in all the churches who are looking forward to supporting your ministry.

It is envisaged that the new priest will be licensed as priest-in-charge of Llandyrnog and Llangwyfan in September and be inducted as Rector of the new group following the retirement of the Reverend Michael Williams at the end of October.

For an informal conversation regarding this role, please contact the Archdeacon of St Asaph, the Venerable Chris Potter, on 01352 720915 or by email

Further information and an application form can be obtained from:

Mrs Diane McCarthy,
Secretary to the Board of Nomination,
Diocesan Office,
High Street,
St Asaph
LL17 0RD
01745 532591

or from the diocesan website.

Applications should be received by 12 noon on Monday 16 June 2014 and interviews will be held on Thursday 26 June 2014 at Esgobty St Asaph.

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.  The Parishes of Guilsfield and Buttington have had a long standing relationship and will now be joined by Pool Quay (*subject to forthcoming approval by the Standing Committee of St Asaph Diocesan Conference).

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

Completed applications should be submitted to the Bishop’s Secretary, Esgobty by 12 noon on Monday, 30 June 2014.  Interviews will take place in July on a date to be decided.

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.

Applications should be received by noon on Monday 16 June 2014. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 June 2014.