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Dealing With Change – Finding a new Priest

With the leadership of our Priest-in-charge Rev Canon Barb Hammond, we are now in the process of replacing our Incumbent Priest, who has moved to another parish.

Pray with us: Almighty God.  Giver of all good gifts.  Look on your church with grace, and guide the minds of those who shall choose a new priest, that we may receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and support us in our ministries to be a Beacon of Hope in Newmarket, through Jesus Christ our lord.  Amen.

Town Hall Sun Oct 20 – We are asking for your Input

With the leadership of the Anglican Diocese, we are holding a Town Hall meeting as part of our service on Sunday Oct 20 @ 9am

On Sun Oct 20 there will be one service only starting at 9am.  During the service, we will partake in a Town Hall process, led by a Diocesan team.  This is an opportunity to discuss who we are, what strengths we have, what our core values are and what we value in St Paul’s faith community.  This process will assist us and the Diocese in the selection of a new Incumbent for our parish.

Letter to the parish (September 15th)

This announcement is from your Wardens – Peter Watt & Dawn Claxton, and Deputy Wardens – Bob McCabe & Mike Tremayne.
 
We are pleased to announce that we will be moving forward with the selection of a new Priest this fall and we want to share the process with you.
 
After seeking the advice of the Advisory Board, the wardens requested a direct appointment of a Priest by the Bishop.  The Bishop has decided that a hybrid model will be used.  This means that everyone in the parish will have input at a Town Hall meeting held at the church. This will be part of a combined service on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 9:00 am. This Town Hall meeting will be the liturgy of the Word, facilitated by a Diocesan team.   

There will be breakout groups to discuss who we are, what strengths we have, what we want more of at St. Paul’s, what characteristics we want in a leader, and to review our challenges,  core values and what we value in St. Paul’s faith community.    We encourage you to really think and pray about these vital issues and discuss with each other.  Now is our time to dream for the future.

On September 10th, we met with Brother Reginald and Elizabeth McCaffrey from the Diocese, who will be our facilitators and lead the Town Hall meeting.  We will hear more about the details of the meeting as we get closer to the date.

After the Town Hall meeting, the wardens will draft a three-page letter to the Bishop, outlining who we are, our hopes and aspirations and what we want in a new leader.  This will be forwarded to the Bishop by the end of October.  Then we pray for the Bishop to select our new leader.

We anticipate Canon Barb will be asked to stay on during this process and this will likely be until Advent or even Christmas.   Our journey is about looking forward to the future and not reliving the past.  We insist that all of us look where we are going and not where we have been. 

We ask you to pray for Canon Barb, your leadership team, the Diocesan Facilitators and our Bishops Andrew and Peter.

Almighty God.  Giver of all good gifts.  Look on your Church with grace, and guide the minds of those who shall choose a new priest, that we may receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and support us in our ministries to be a Beacon of Hope in Newmarket, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

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