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.
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.