Hello from your new Area Dean.
For a long time I have been involved in the world of Education. When I left school I trained as a primary school teacher and worked with a class of 6/7 year olds for 5 years. After having my children I trained for the ministry and continued my school involvement through my connections with schools in the parishes where I first worked. My last role before I came to East Meon and Langrish was as a school chaplain for 7 years at Godolphin School, a girl’s school in Salisbury. Education is in my blood and with it a sense of September being full of the promise of new beginnings. After I arrived in East Meon and Langrish over 2 years ago I expected this to change but I find myself in another September with another new beginning!
It was slightly disconcerting to answer the telephone on a Monday morning in August to hear Bishop Christopher saying hello! Rev’d Will Hughes’ time as Area Dean had come to an end, the bishop had consulted with the Deanery clergy and he was phoning to ask if I would be willing to stand as the next Area Dean. It is very difficult to say no to the bishop and so I found myself being licensed as your new Area Dean for the next five years.
As with all new roles, at the moment it all feels slightly daunting and I am very conscious of all that I don’t know. What I do know is that I am sure exciting times lie ahead. At Deanery Synod at the beginning of September Rev’d Chris Williams led us in a short Bible study thinking about vision. He spoke of ‘a vision of the future that generates passion’. The coming months and years for the Church of England as a whole, and for us as a Deanery, are probably not going to be easy ones but I hope that we can continue to find a sense of vision for the future that generates a passion in us; a passion based on the love that God shows us and asks us to share with all his people.
With every blessing,