Minister’s Letter – In God’s Service

In God’s Service

Dear friends,
From the moment I arrived at my interview on the 30th November, 2012, which incidentally was St Andrew’s Day and a good omen for me, I felt a deep calling to serve out my ministry in the G7 Benefice. Quite frankly, I love it here! I have felt welcomed in all the parishes and have been taken by the deep faith of the congregations. We are blessed by the presence of many incredible lay ministers and worship leaders. This gives me great confidence in promoting the increase in ‘lay led’ services throughout the benefice.

The first mission I undertook was to co-ordinate and promote the Ashford Foodbank of which I am now a director. I have been overwhelmed by the response and I urge you to continue to contribute. I have become the Church of England Foundation Governor at Pluckley School and I love it. This school is a joy to work in and I have been impressed by the professionalism and commitment of all the staff.

I am aware there is concern about the way the G7 is served by its ministers which is perfectly understandable. A desire for one priest one church is what we have been used to but is perhaps no longer tenable with declining vocations and spiraling costs. What I can say is that I came from a well established team ministry in Caterham, Diocese of Southwark and it does work. One advantage I was very aware of was that I could go into any church and was familiar with how things worked. I find the same applies here in G7.

I am always excited about my ministry and this is fed by the wonderful people I have encountered in the G7. I would like to end with a prayer that is one of my great motivations:

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous:
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that I do your will.
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
God bless,
Rev Bob