Vicar's Viewpoint - January 2019

"January - New Beginnings"

This month there is just one topic for the Vicar’s monthly viewpoint…

Many of you will know by now that I have tendered my resignation as Vicar of Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney with effect from March 31st 2019.

Also this coming March, I will (God willing) celebrate my 65th birthday – a real milestone in my life and ministry.

Health issues have not made the past two years easy for me or my family and, increasingly,
I have not been able to give myself 100% to the work as your Vicar.

Over the past 38 years God has led me through a variety of different places and experiences in ministry;
first as Curate and then as Incumbent I have met some extremely interesting people across the years.

I have been very privileged to serve as Vicar in three wonderful places – St John The Baptist, Hindley Green
in Wigan, Holy Trinity Drybrook (affectionately known as Forest Church) and, for the past 13 years,
as your Parish Priest and Vicar at Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney.

It has always been my intention to put down roots and stay in a parish until God has made it very clear
that it is time to move. This was true when I left Hindley Green and again on saying goodbye to the beautiful Forest of Dean. Now it has become increasingly obvious to me and Julie that the time is right to say farewell,
as Vicar, to dear friends and parishioners in this part of the Severn Vale.

We now change gear into transition mode and the next few months will be a time to prepare for new beginnings
in the life of our churches and in my own personal life.

I am grateful to you all for your friendship, love and support, let’s make the next few months
a time of real blessing for each one of us!

Fr. Andrew

Vicar of Hardwicke, Elmore and Longney Churches