During the Sunday service, the congregation was informed about the departure of Rev Lisa Taylor who will be moving on to a new role in the Islwyn ministry area. While it is a time of sadness, we are sending her off with love and support, and expressing gratitude for all that she has done for us during her time with us. We have faith that God will guide her path in this new chapter of her life, and we wish her all the best with abundant blessings on her journey.
Here is the statement that was read out in the churches:
Following an application process we announce that Revd Lisa Taylor has been appointed by the Bishop to be a Team Vicar in the Islwyn Ministry Area. She will continue in ministry here until after Christmas with a licencing in her new role early January.
Revd Lisa says: Thank you for sharing this part of my ministry journey with me. I feel privileged to have been able to serve you as a priest and share in your lives. My time with you may have been brief but I have many memories to take with me as my path now leads me in a different direction. I have seen how much you have grown as ministry area and I pray that you will continue to grow in unity and in strength and have many new opportunities to share God’s love and presence with those you are called to serve. We are all called to walk the path God sets out before us, wherever it leads. I am sad to leave you but I am also excited to see what opportunities to share God’s love and build God’s kingdom lies before me in the Islwyn Ministry Area.
Revd Matt says: We have been blessed to have Lisa with us over the last year, and we are sad to see her go. We pray she has a fruitful ministry as she transitions back to the Islwyn Ministry Area, where she served her curacy. Her warmth of character and genuine spirituality have been felt among us, and I know she will flourish in her new role.
Read the release from the diocese here: https://tinyurl.com/ya4e3k92
As summer Holidays begin, we at the church are taking a break from many of our regular activities for the month of August.
However, we are happy to announce that St. Dingats Lunch Club will continue to meet during this time, providing a much-needed opportunity for members of the community to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.
Additionally, our midweek services and times of prayer will still be taking place, providing a chance for us to reflect and connect with each other and with God.
We hope you will join us for these remaining activities and look forward to resuming our full schedule in September.
The ordination of a Rachel into the priesthood is a moment of great joy and fulfillment, both for her and the community. It signifies the culmination of years of study, preparation, and spiritual discernment. The joy stems from witnessing the Rachels commitment and dedication to her calling, as they embark on a lifelong journey of serving and ministering to others.
Rachel takes on new responsibilities and assumes a important role in the life of the church.
The ordination of a Rachel brings a renewed sense of hope and inspiration to us, as they witness the growth of our spiritual lives and the nurturing of future generations. It is a celebration of God’s calling and a reminder of the profound impact that a dedicated and compassionate priest can have on the lives of others.
Please pray for Rachel as she prepares for her ordination and her ministry to come.
This last Saturday, members of the ministry area council and our church councils gathered together to share the Good news that has been happening in the churches and to work on with Archdeacon Ian our vision for the next five years.
This was based on the diocesan five branches’ vision. It was a valuable time to gather together, get to know people we didn’t necessarily know and look to the future hopefully.
The outcome of this work was our five vision statements which you can find below. These will help guide us in our activity in the next year and into the future.
A Prayer for Growing Branches
Follow me, follow me
Disciples we will be,
We will never be alone
As we leave our comfort zone
May we do what God will ask
In our attitude and task.
Would Jesus ask of me
To love what I can see?
“Loving God”, who has us set
In a given place and, yet
To care environmentally;
Love widened to care globally.
God wants “love for neighbour”
Together we can labour,
For just exchange, and hopefully
In love and generosity;
As we encounter those we fight
May we love as best we might.
Help us each appreciate
The worth of those we meet,
Justly treating all they are,
Loving likeness, and to share
Their difference, finding equally
Joe Hasler March 2023