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Departure of Revd Mandy Marriott

posted 24 Mar 2015, 15:57 by Chloe Woods

Mandy writes:

I expect by now that the news will have reached your ears that,
I will s
hortly be moving on to take up another post, this time as Team Rector of Duston Team ministry in Northampton. I will officiate at my final service here on Easter Day and we shall be moving to Northampton shortly afterwards.

We moved to SCAN Parish in 2006 and we shall take away with us some very fond memories of our time here. But as with all vicars and rectors, there comes a time when it seems right to move on and to make way for someone else to take up that role of church leadership in a parish.

Unlike many secular organisations, the Church of England has its own particular way of appointing a new Rector. When I am no longer in post, there will a vacancy during which time the Parochial Church Council will be drawing up a parish profile which will describe our parish in terms of the pattern of our church services and the ministry we offer here. The PCC will also think carefully about the role of a new incumbent and the skills they may need to take up that role. At this stage we do not know how long this process will take or how long it will be until the vacancy of Rector is filled, but it will be a time of prayerful consideration for the future. 

Revd Pam Fielding will continue in her role as Associate minister here in SCAN, and Professor John Fielding will continue as Licensed Lay Minister. However, it is important to note that Pam will not be taking on the Rector’s duties and her role is that of supporting the ministry here. We are all very grateful to Pam and John for the ministry they offer so willingly and with such love and care. I personally wish to thank John and Pam for the privilege of sharing ministry with them over the time I have been here in SCAN parish. It has been my particular pleasure to oversee Pam as she trained for ordained ministry. 

During the time I have served here inevitably the parish has seen a number of changes the re-ordering of St Laud’s Church, the closure of St Peter’s Church, the introduction of different services, but the church continues to provide a Godly focus at those special times of year, Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and is there for us all for baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as weekly worship. Although the church is constantly changing, for how else will it grow, God remains constant. We are reminded in the Bible that God is faithful and loving and always there for us. Thank you for the opportunity of sharing my faith in God with you over the past eight and a half years. As I move on, I give you some words from the Bible which have given me encouragement each day.

Philippians chapter 4 verse 6:

Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.

God Bless