Bydd wrol a dewr iawn! (Josua 1.7)
Be strong and very courageous! (Joshua 1.7)
I’m not going to apologise because there’s a bit of a recurring subject appearing in my Ad Clerum letters these days: prayer. I am on record as saying that I would like to see our Church becoming less of an institution and more of a movement, and one of the ways we can do that is to concentrate on what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. Being a disciple simply means living our lives in the presence of Jesus, and that implies prayer.
I do believe that there is a real desire among our people to become better at prayer. This was confirmed by “The Power of Prayer” event, and seems to be confirmed with the very positive response that people like my own wife, Clare, get when they run a course teaching prayer. It is for this reason that this Ad Clerum draws particular attention to ways in which we might pray, and opportunities which the diocese is providing for prayer. If we’re serious about wanting to see God more present in our lives, then it begins with making space to listen, and the diocese has no future if it is not listening to God.
God willing, on Saturday, 27 June, I intend to ordain Jonathan Skipper, Assistant Curate of the Llanfyllin Group, to the Sacred Order of Priest, and Phil Carey, who is to service in the Parish of Rhosllanerchrugog, to the Sacred Order of Deacon. The retreat conductor and preacher will be Canon Dr Rosemary Dymond, Rector of Bedwellty and New Tredegar in the Diocese of Monmouth.
Do make an effort to support these colleagues, even if you do not know them well. It would be very good to see you all there, but at the very least, to hold these ordinands in their prayers.
All diocesan clergy attending are asked to robe in the main hall at St Asaph VP School (located opposite the Cathedral car park.) The Ordination party and Cathedral Chapter are to robe in the Cathedral Song School. As usual, overflow car parking has been arranged at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.
Hwyl a Helo
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Canon Pauline Walker as the new Rector of Denbigh and the Henllan group of parishes. Pauline is well known to us all, of course, and needs no introduction from me, but it is a delight to offer her this new challenge.
I have issued Permissions to Officiate to Terry Bryan, Robert E Friedrich Jr, a priest of the Diocese of Connecticut, currently visiting north Wales, and to Judith Prust. Contact details for Terry and Judith remain as listed in the yearbook, Robert can be contacted, in the first instance, through this office. David North, who has been helping out in the Four Crosses Group, is surrendering his PTO. We are grateful to David for his ministry.
I am delighted to say that two more Transition Mentors have been appointed to assist deaneries to work in the process of becoming mission areas. Nuala Quinn will be working with Llanrhos Deanery and Jennie Willson with Hawarden Deanery in the coming months.
Roz Crawford is taking over as Diocesan Offering Organiser, as David Lewis relinquishes that role, having given sterling service over a number of years. The engaging Steering Group are using this opportunity to look at the future of the Diocesan Offering, and the best way this spirit of giving may be used to witness to the mission of the Church.
I am sorry to report the death of the Steven Gay (Sam Erlandson’s father-in-law) and Frances Harrison (Dot Gosling’s mother) in the last month. Some of you will also know Dewi Bridges, the former Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, who sadly passed away last week. Our thoughts and prayers go to them and their families. May the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.
Ignatian Spirituality and Prayer
A letter of invitation to a course of four taster sessions in prayer can be downloaded here: Growing more deeply Invite
These will be run in the autumn, and be tailored in location and timing according to the response we get to this initial expression of interest. I should be grateful if you could distribute the invitation as widely as possible. Some of you will already be very familiar with the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, and I know that St Beuno’s has been a huge spiritual resource for many of the clergy. St Beuno’s Outreach Team have been kind enough to agree to assist the Diocese with offering what is essentially a school of prayer in these four sessions, and I think that all who wish to pray more deeply would benefit from participation, clergy or lay.
I have recently met up with Helen Taubman, the current Lay Director of Cursillo St Asaph who has said that the movement in this diocese are keen to be of service to the diocese and to commend the Cursillo Method, which is based on a simple discipline of Prayer, Study and Action, and using small groups to give encouragement and support.
Who is Cursillo for?
Cursillo is a way of being a disciple that is suitable for any Christian. The aim of Cursillo is to support the mission of the Church by encouraging individual Christians to be leaders where they are. Cursillo is part of the church and is authorized by the Bishop in each Diocese.
You do not have to have undertaken a Cursillo training weekend to use the Cursillo method. Together Prayer, Study and Action form a “virtuous circle” in which each element informs the other. The method grows active discipleship in laity which, is a great advantage and support for ordained ministers, without using any of their time. For those who are interested in learning more, a Cursillo Weekend offers an opportunity to deepen your experience of God and is something that would be of benefit to both Lay and clergy. I have asked Cursillo if they will also offer taster sessions of the method, and more information will be forthcoming in due course.
The next weekend is due to be held from 22nd -25th September 2015 in Pantasaph and I will be officiating at the closing ceremony in St Mary’s Church Halkyn at 3.30pm on Sunday 25th September, to which I extend a greeting for anyone to attend.
In the meantime, anyone wishing to learn more about Cursillo and how it can assist discipleship can contact: Helen Taubman via landline telephone 01352 780 292; mobile 0778 070 6726 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that the Diocesan Readers’ Day, is being held at Gresford on Saturday, 13th June. The day begins with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11am and there is a warm invitation for clergy to support the Readers by attending and robbing (cassock, surplice and white stole for clergy please.) Please do consider doing this to affirm and honour our Readers by a good turnout of robed clergy.
A number of diocesan posts currently vacant are being advertised in the Church Times this month when we will be recruiting for the following posts:
- Vicar of Prestatyn
- Vicar of Mold
- Vicar of Llansantffraid and Llanfechain
- Vicar of Wrexham Mission Area (All Saints’ & Esclusham)
- You will find more information about these posts at the end of this ad Clerum and online. If you are interested in any of them, or if you have people whom you could recommend for them, then please contact the relevant Archdeacon.
Dates for your diary
2 June Same Sex Unions Consultation, St Asaph Cathedral, 19hr – 21hr
3 June Same Sex Unions Consultation, All Saints Church, Newtown, 19hr – 21hr
4 June Same Sex Unions Consultation, St Giles’ Church, Wrexham, 19hr-21hr
***PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE***
7 June Induction of Caroline Rhodes as Vicar of Guilsfield, Buttington and Pool Quay at St Aelhaiarn’s Church, Guilsfield at 1530hr.
13 June Readers’ Day, Gresford
14 June Confirmation for Alyn Deanery at Holy Trinity, Gwersyllt, 1500hr
21 June Anniversaries of Ordination Service, Cathedral 1100hr
22 June Licensing of Chris Feak as Priest-in-Charge of Towyn at St Mary’s Church, Towyn at 1900hr.
27 June Petertide Ordination, Cathedral, 1000hr
28 June Confirmation for Wrexham Mission Area, St Giles’ Church, 1500hr
LATER IN THE YEAR
5 July Confirmation for Dee Valley Deanery, 1500hr, venue to be confirmed
12 July Confirmation for Cedewain Mission Area, All Saints’ Church, Newtown 1500hr
3 September Induction of Pauline Walker, St Mary’s Church, Denbigh, 1900hr
29 September Clergy Synod Day, venue to be confirmed (half day concluding with lunch)
10 October Diocesan Conference
21 October Confirmation for Mold & Hawarden Mission Areas, 1900hr, venue to be confirmed
11/12 November Area Deans / MAL residential, Foxhill, Frodsham
9 December Diocesan Nicholastide Confirmation, Cathedral, 1830hr
Notes and Queries
Anniversaries in Ministry
We are looking forward to celebrating significant ordination anniversaries on Sunday, 21 June in the cathedral at 11am. If you would like to be included and haven’t as yet notified us please contact Esgobty as soon as possible.
The Educational Foundation of Dame Dorothy Jeffreys
The Trustees of the above-named Foundation invite applications for grants from persons who are to attend institutions of Technical, Professional or Industrial instruction and who are, in the opinion of the trustees, in need of financial assistance. Applicants must have attended as pupils for not less than two years at any time, a school or schools in the areas referred to as follows: The FORMER borough of Wrexham and the Communities of Abenbury, Bersham, Bieston, Broughton, Brymbo, Esclusham Above, Esclusham Below, Gresford, Gwersyllt and Minera and must not have attained the age of 25 years. Grants will not be made to applicants who have obtained a major award, or similar award (other than an LEA grant) except in cases of financial hardship. All applications must be made in in the first instance by email to the Clerk at email@example.com All grant forms must be returned to the Clerk, Mrs F L M Leech, Holly Chase, Minera, Wrexham LL11 3YW by 1 October.
Village SOS is a Big Lottery funded campaign to help rural community projects survive and thrive. The campaign aims to help and inspire rural communities across the UK to start their own social enterprises – from setting up a shop or saving a pub to opening a café or cinema. They’re looking for mentors with skills and experience that can benefit rural community projects, in particular:
- People currently or previously involved with other successful community projects that want to share their experience
- Experts or specialists that are happy to offer their skills as part of the support available through Village SOS
- Anyone is welcome to sign up as a mentor. The position is a voluntary one, but your travel costs for project activities will be paid by Village SOS. For more information see:
Thank you, as ever, for your fellowship in the Gospel. These are important days for the Diocese, and it is important for us to keep one another in prayer. I am grateful to Ian Day for keeping us up to date with the Diocesan Rota of Intercessions which includes elements of my diary and requests for prayer, as well as the prayer rota for the Anglican Communion. I commend it to you.
| Vicar Parish of PrestatynWe are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic priest who will work alongside a dedicated team of lay people. This busy north Wales coastal parish is keen to encourage new members while fully valuing existing members. We are actively extending our involvement with the local community, with a desire to pass on positive Christian values.
| Vicar Parish of Mold Our parish has been through a period of positive change in the last 3 years that has seen growth in spirituality and numbers, as we have become more welcoming and focused on our community. We are looking for an encouraging and inspirational priest to help us continue our journey to become a faith sharing and faith seeking community.
| Vicar Parishes of Llansantffraid and LlanfechainAn opportunity to join two lively and growing churches in beautiful mid Wales, close to the English border, ministering in partnership with others in these two communities and across the Vyrnwy Mission Area. You will encourage and enable us to grow in faith and discipleship and be willing to work with us in the community to bring the Christian message to people of all ages
|Vicar Wrexham Mission AreaAs a key member of our Mission Area team in the largest town in north east Wales, you will encourage and build faith and fellowship in our Churches and communities. With an ability to communicate and work well with people of all ages, you will teach, challenge and inspire others to use their gifts and have a heart for both spiritual and pastoral ministry|
|For an informal conversation, contact the appropriate archdeacon.Closing date for all these vacancies is 12 noon on Monday 22 June 2015|