We are at the beginning of a new year and, as is so often the case, it will bring new beginnings for us as individuals and for your Ministry Area. Roland is moving to a new post and Kath is retiring. Martin Riley, who was ‘allegedly retired’ anyway, has moved to be nearer his son and his family near Bangor. We wish all of them and their families well.
As your Ministry Area is ‘under my care’ during the interregnum, I have consulted with the clergy, Readers and other leaders and we have produced a rota until the end of April 2018.
With 3 priests less, it is obviously impossible to maintain the current service pattern as there will only be one (Peter Ward) and he also has a full-time job. I ask you to be understanding about this and accept the fact that attending worship will sometimes involve travelling to another church and/or having combined services. This will have to continue until a new Team Leader is in post when the situation will be reviewed again by that person and the Ministry Team depending on what ‘people resources’ are available.
I fully appreciate that changes are not usually popular but very often they are forced on us by circumstances and we have to adapt, as is the case here. Please support your clergy, Readers and Churchwardens as they look after the Ministry Area during the vacancy and remember the words of Dag Hammerskold – a former Secretary of the United Nations – which I think are very relevant to the situation your Ministry Area is currently in. He said:
‘For all that has been, Thanks, for all that shall be Yes!’
Area Dean of South Meirionnydd