The Rector's Letter
Each month the Rector writes an article for the Parish Magazine
I am writing this letter after a wonderful “Made in Maulden” Festival
Bishop Richard has told me how much he enjoyed meeting a good number of people from the village. The world premiere of “The Wall song- You built me up” was also well received .
Although it was lovely to see Bishop Richard again in fact “walls and churchyards” (or at least ensuring that they are well maintained) are the Archdeacon’s responsibility.
By some strange coincidence my Extended Study Leave began when I attended Archdeacon Paul’s farewell service at St Paul’s Bedford in January and ended when Archdeacon Dave was licensed at Woburn at the end of March.
So what is the role of an Archdeacon?
He is a member of the Bishop’s senior staff team. He is responsible for church buildings and with the Bishop pastoral care of clergy. An Archdeacon is involved in the process of appointing clergy and inducting them into their parish. He also admits Churchwardens to their office and sends them Articles of enquiry to answer . Each year either he or the Rural Dean carries out the annual inspection to ensure that the church building and its people are in good order.
But what about our new Archdeacon?
He is married with two adult children and lives in Luton with his wife Anne and daughter Katie. Dave has served all his ordained ministry in the Diocese at Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead and latterly at St Luke Watford.Dave is no stranger to Bedfordshire having studied at Cranfield Institute of Technology and worked in Bedford for National Freight as it was then known.. With that experience and his love of walking Dave is confident that he will soon get to know Bedfordshire and Luton.
During the summer he is
planning to walk around all the Deaneries visiting the
churches and some pubs too! He will be in our Deanery oMonday 12th Tuesday 13th and Weds 14th August. Once he has published his route he hopes that people from the parishes will join him . This will help him to get to know the area better and the people too. More about that at a later date.
I recall that when he was appointed I wrote to welcome him to the Deanery. He replied that he was looking forward to working me me. When I told the Bishop he said ”Clearly he does not know you!”
I am sure that you will enjoy meeting Archdeacon Dave as he is full of energy and new ideas and all wrapped up with a lovely sense of humour.
PS I will be walking the
final 100 kilometers of the Camino de
Santiago at the end of the month which
should be good training for the walk with Archdeacon Dave