We are very grateful to you all for your prayers over the last year, and even more grateful to God that those prayers have been answered, with the appointment of Revd Frances Trickey.
The journey to seek our new vicar to lead us at St Andrew’s has been long and sometimes challenging, in that two rounds of the process were necessary to find God’s chosen candidate. That process involved writing a detailed Parish Profile; advertisements in the Church Times; shortlisting by the panel, chaired by Bishop Andrew and including the Archdeacon, Paul Bryer, the Area Dean, Alan Jenkins, and two parish representatives; and formal interviews conducted by the same panel. The process also enabled the candidates to visit the church, have a tour of the parish, view the vicarage and meet members of the ministry team and PCC.
We were encouraged to pray for everyone involved in the vacancy process, so that the person called by God to this role would be found and appointed. Specific opportunities for prayer were also organised so that, with one voice, we could lift the prayers of our church to God, for his will and purpose to be fulfilled. These included:
- Saturday 12 November 9-10.30am: Prayer session “Hear my prayer” led by Revd David Bracewell.
- Tuesday 15 November 2-2.30pm: Prayers for Phillip and Ruth (our parish representatives)
- Thursday 24 November 7-7.45pm: Prayers for the candidiates, and their visit to St Andrew’s
Many of our church family came along to these prayer meetings, and St Andrew’s has now been blessed with God’s provision for us.
Please continue to hold the remaining months of the vacancy in your daily prayers – for the ministry team as they continue to lead services; for Mary-Beth as she prepares to take up her new role in Hampshire; for Frances and Jolyon as they prepare to leave their current churches and move to Oxshott; for Frances as she prepares to lead us at St Andrew’s; in all things, for God’s will to be fulfilled here at St Andrew’s and in the community of Oxshott.