We have made an appointment!!
Great news from the Parish Church – we have made an appointment! After nearly two years in vacancy we have, at last, found the right person to take us through the next few years.
Her name is the Revd Hilary Young and she is at present Priest-in-Charge of Settle, Giggleswick and Rathmell with Wigglesworth in the Diocese of Leeds. She will be joining us at the end of July and beginning her ministry straightaway at the beginning of August. Technically her title will be Priest-in-Charge (too complicated to explain why) but I imagine that to you and me she will probably be “vicar” or “rector”.
She will be moving down to Cambridgeshire with her husband, Norman, who is also an ordained clergyman. So we have managed to acquire a BOGOF deal! Norman is retired but may well help out on occasion which will be extremely useful.
We are hoping that she will be licensed at the Parish Church on 29 July at 10.00am although this has yet to be finally confirmed. All are welcome at this service.
I do know that Hilary is very keen to get out and about and to meet the people of the village so if you see her in the village do make yourself known. As I write, her first service in the village is likely to be on Sunday 5 August at 10.00 in the Parish Church. Why not pop along and meet her?
It is at times like this that we, at the Parish Church, really do appreciate the interest shown by members of the village. For a long time now, many of us have been asked the question as to whether there has been an appointment and we have had to respond that even though we are trying our hardest, the right person has yet to come forward. But now she has and thank you all for your interest and for your prayers.
When we meet in church during the Easter season we say the acclamation:
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
So perhaps we should now be saying:
Alleluia! We have a new vicar!
We have a new vicar indeed! Alleluia!
With best wishes to you all.
Reader and Churchwarden