Letter from the Vicarage October 2014
It is a great joy to be writing my first
letter from the Vicarage for The Romney Benefice. We are now
settling into our new home: rather than boxes everywhere,
there are various piles of books, toys, plates etc. waiting
to be found a home. The computer is up and running and,
having wrestled the controls for Flight Simulator from the
grandchildren, I have been able to put my fingers on the
keys, type this letter and email it to parish magazines just
before the ‘Editor’s Deadline’ for copy!
As we prepare to begin our journey
together, as priest and people, I want to thank everyone who
has worked so hard during the Vacancy – our clergy,
Churchwardens and all the others who have led services; but
the whole host of people who have not only "kept things
going" but have continued to bring vision and action to the
Church’s ministry in the benefice.
I am really grateful that I have been made
to feel so welcome since I arrived in my new post as Priest
in Charge of the Romney Benefice. My licensing service in
September at St Nicholas Church in New Romney was a very
special occasion and one that I will remember very fondly.
It was especially touching, as part of the service, was to
be formally welcomed by individuals on behalf of groups and
organisations from the local communities.
Now a new chapter in the life of the
benefice is about to begin and we wonder where God will take
us. I pray that as we get to know each other we will find
ourselves listening not only to each other but also to God.
I have valued your prayers for my family and me since the
news of my appointment and I am confident that the prayer
support will go on. I too have been praying for the
benefice, for all who live and work here and these prayers
I believe it will be as we pray together,
as God’s people in this place, that we will grow together as
a benefice and so discover God’s will for us for the coming
months and years.
There is so much I could say, but there is
time enough in the future. For now, let me reiterate my joy
at being here as part of this community. I conclude with
words from the closing hymn at my licensing service on
Thursday 18th September.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
he is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and
What heights of love, what depths of
when fears are stilled, when
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
Grace, mercy and peace be with you all.