Bishop’s Ad Clerum – January 2015

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Yr Ystwyll 2015 Epiphany

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

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

There’s an understandable tendency to focus on the Kings at Epiphany, but of course, we all know that there’s a triple significance to the feast. My attention has been caught again by the First Miracle, the first sign, given that Epiphany is all about the signs of the Kingdom of God manifested in Jesus. The transformation of the water of everyday life into the wine of the Kingdom at Cana of Galilee reminds us that our Christian witness should be to the wine of lives fully lived in God and witnessed in our Church communities.

Some years ago, there was a famous television wine buff who used extravagant phrases to describe her wine choices: I smell sea coast, and windy landscapes, freshly mown grass and sun soaked fields – that sort of thing. I’ve never been very good at describing the notes of a wine in this way, but it does make me think: how would we describe the notes of our Church life?

I hope that you had a good celebration of Christmas, and that the notes of your Church life this Spring as we complete the Christmas cycle and plan towards Lent may be ever richer, ever more transformed by the presence of the Lord.

Hwyl a Helo

Ginny Burton has accepted the House for Duty Associate Priest role in the Llanrwst group of parishes, working alongside Sarah Hildreth. Ginny has been faithful in her ministry in Towyn, but personal circumstances lead her to this new role, and we seek God’s blessing on the work she will take up after Easter.

Robert Pearce has accepted the House for Duty Associate Priest role in the new grouping of the Denbigh parishes with the Henllan parishes. He will be moving in February. Robert is a long standing priest of this diocese, and brings his considerable experience now to the Denbigh deanery as it sustains its transition to Mission Area.

We commend to God Geoffrey Mycock, who died in December, giving thanks to God for his faithful ministry and priesthood. News has also just reached Esgobty of the death of Charles Billington, who served faithfully in this diocese for many years, coming to us from the Diocese of Manchester. We also extend our condolences to Gwenda Cooper, on the death of her father shortly before Christmas, and to the Wilson family on the death of Peter Wilson, OSA, a faithful parishioner of Llandyrnog. May God give rest to all his servants with his saints.

The Power of Prayer Roadshow

The diocesan follow up to “The Time is Now” Conference will take place over the weekend of 27th February – 1st March. It will be led by Mark Yaconelli, an inspirational Christian teacher and speaker, from the States, and the emphasis is deliberately on spiritual renewal and the importance of prayer, lest it ever be thought that 2020 Vision is merely about the structures of the Church.

The Roadshow will take place four times in three different locations to make it as easy as possible for people to attend. The times and venues are:

  • St Asaph Cathedral – Friday 27 February, 2pm – 6pm finishing with Choral Evensong.
  • St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham – Saturday 28 February, 9.30am – 1.30pm.
  • St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, Wrexham – Saturday 28 February, 2pm – 6pm.
  • Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown – Sunday 1 March, 2pm – 6pm.

You will have already been invited to nominate delegates for this event by the Diocesan Secretary but there is still time to register your interest by emailing

Formal invitations will be sent out to those who have expressed an interest in the next couple of weeks. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to inspire your parishes with the possibilities offered by 2020 Vision.


I am concerned that we have not yet found persons to appoint as Vicar of the Guilsfield Group of Parishes, and as Area Dean of Holywell/ Vicar of the Gorsedd Group. Both of these groupings are excellent parishes, which have been well looked after by their last incumbents, and so are in fine form for any new priest. Please think about whether you may be called to these parishes, or if anyone you know could be recommended.

This month we will be looking for priests to fill the following vacancies:

  • 2nd Curacy in Pool Deanery
  • Canon Precentor at Cathedral and Vicar in Rectorial Benefice of St Asaph

These posts will be advertised in Church Times on 16 and 23 January respectively, when the online recruitment packs will also be available. You will find the text of these adverts at the end of this ad clerum for your consideration in the meantime. In February the post of Rector of Denbigh will be advertised. Any expressions of interest, or recommendations as to possible candidates, can be made to the Dean (with respect to the Precentorship) or relevant Archdeacon.

Dates for your diary

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 Commissioning of Mold Mission Area and 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


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 (half day concluding with lunch)
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

Consultation on Same Sex Partnerships
The material produced by Richard Hainsworth is now available to be downloaded here. There are two papers within this document, one on content, and another on process. Please do remember that the process we adopt for discussion of this topic is at least as important as the discussion of the topic itself.

Lent Prayer Cards
Final 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 Monday, 12 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 wish you all the very best for 2015. It is eight hundred years since King John guaranteed the independence of the Church in the Magna Carta, a move which was comprehensively undermined by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century, and restored to the Church in Wales in the twentieth century. I trust that you will use that independence to proclaim the Gospel boldly and prophetically, but collegially as well. It is our loyalty to one another which is part of the strength of our witness.

Bishop Signature

Ad Clerum – January 2015


Advert live from 16 January 2015

Rejuvenating small community churches
in beautiful Mid-Wales.

The Bishop of St Asaph is looking to appoint an energetic priest, who can relate well to young families & those on the fringes of the church, to work in the emerging Pool Mission Area.

The emerging Mission Area comprises of 15 churches around the market town of Welshpool. This new post will involve working with 2 of those churches, developing new forms of ministry to help the churches engage with younger members of their community.

The post will focus on St Garmon’s, Castle Caereinion & St Tyssil’s, Llandyssil, churches with small congregations set in thriving villages. Both churches are financially healthy and in good repair and there are existing community links to develop. The successful applicant will need to use those links to develop the churches in ways that will be sustainable after their three year post is ended.

  • Three year fixed term appointment.
  • Remuneration equivalent to Incumbent stipend plus housing.
  • Ideal for a second curacy
  • Working independently but under the guidance of the Mission Area Leader

For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact:
The Revd Steve Willson, Mission Area Leader, on 01938 553164 or

A recruitment pack is available from:
or from the Bishop’s Secretary on (01745) 583503

Applications should be received at Esgobty by 12 noon on Monday, 09 February 2015
and interviews will be held on Tuesday, 24 February in Welshpool.

Canon Precentor

Advert live from 23 January 2015

The Bishop of St Asaph, in conjunction with The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, wish to appoint an experienced priest to minister alongside the Dean in developing and enriching the ministry and witness of the ancient Cathedral Church of St Asaph in North Wales.

The Canon Precentor will have responsibility for the development of Cathedral and Parish worship, be a Pastor to the Cathedral congregation and the wider parish of St Asaph working with the Dean, Cathedral staff and volunteers.

The successful applicant will be passionate about liturgy, music and prayer and have the ability to inspire and encourage others in their discipleship.

For an informal discussion about this position please contact the Dean, the Very Revd Nigel Williams on 01745 583597.
A recruitment pack is available from:
or from the Bishop’s Secretary on (01745) 583503

Applications should be received by 12 noon on Tuesday, 10 February 2015
and interviews will be held on Tuesday, 24 February.