For those who missed the announcement in March made by the Churchwardens, and have picked the news up second hand, here is what was said:
‘It is with feelings of both sadness and great excitement that I have to tell you that I have recently been appointed to the position of Rector of the Benefice of Coity, Nolton and Bracla with Coychurch. It is a very different parish to this, being the town centre church in Bridgend, plus three others, which together comprise the major part of the town which is situated between Cardiff and Swansea. My last Sunday in the United Parish will be on 19th May and I’ll be moving very soon after that. Some of you will know the draw that Wales has for both Richard and me and it’s time to make a permanant move there. The parish is only 10 minutes drive from the M4, so I do hope that those of you who like to visit Wales, will stop by from time to time and stay in touch. The United Parish and the wonderful people who worship here, will always remain close to my heart as I hope I will yours. In the remaining time, I will continue to serve you all in the best way that I can and will pray that our Lord will guide the PCC as you seek a new incumbent and direction. God bless you all.’
With Easter falling in April this year, perhaps this is a good time to reflect on new life and noticing new shoots springing up around us. It’s happening in nature, but it’s also
happening in our Parish and I’ll be mentioning that at our APCM on the 10th. For many, the only congregation that’s seen is that on a Sunday morning, but we have flourishing
‘congregations’ at our two schools, StArBoddlers, Chooseday Church and Hempton Field. Wednesday morning is drawing more and more people to the Eucharist (it surely can’t have anything to do with the coffee and biscuits, can it?!) and Taize Evening Prayer has grown remarkably on the 2nd Sunday of the month in spite of having a bitterly cold church through the winter. The Parish is in good shape and my thanks go to all who have caught the vision, but those tender shoots will need to be nurtured, so now it’s over to you.
Remember to live as Easter people and rejoice!
With love and every blessing to you all