A Word or Two from a Warden
As most of you will realise, it is only one month to go and St. John’s will be in an Interregnum or, as we should call it these days, a Vacancy. Those of you who were around last time we were between vicars know that it is a time of challenge and opportunity.
Carol, Joy, Rasheedat and I will be doing all we can to keep things as normal as possible, and to help everyone get ready for the appointment of a new parish priest. For example, we have been busy ensuring that there will be priests to take Communion services. Carol and I, as Churchwardens, will be responsible for the day to day running of St. John’s, and for preparing for the selection of a new vicar. As you probably know, both of us have “day jobs” as well as being churchwardens. We will need your help and support throughout the Interregnum. Everyone in the church also has responsibilities towards the selection of a new vicar. Soon we will announce a meeting where all members of St. John’s can come and contribute to the Parish Profile and the job description. The Parish Profile is document that describes the church and parish as it is, and states how the members see the church developing its ministry in the coming years; our vision for the future. This then informs the job description and the advert for the job. A good Profile attracts interested applicants. Please, think and pray about the future at St. John’s. Do you feel we are being called to minister in any particular way, or to any particular group of people? Are there new things we are being called to do now we have a beautifully restored building? You are all channels through which we can discern our future path and find the right man or woman to lead us. Please tell us your thoughts, and try to come and take part in the meeting. At the meeting, the 2 Parish Representatives will be chosen. They form part of the interview panel (and have power to reject anyone they feel is not right) Often it is Churchwardens who are the Parish Representatives, but not necessarily.
Later, when we have a shortlist of applicants, we will need you again in a very active way. If you remember back to when Raymond was appointed, members of the church took the 4 candidates on tours of the parish, the church site and the vicarage, provided refreshments, and mingled with the applicants over lunch. They then fed back their impressions to the Parish Representatives. It seems a good model to follow for next time. Let’s hope this time we won’t have to wait 22 months for a new Vicar, like we did last time!
So, we are in for a few interesting months! It is a time when the Wardens and Deputy Wardens will be glad of your prayers and your practical help. Please remember we are only human, and do all you can to help us keep St. John’s a busy, friendly, spiritual place in the centre of Leytonstone.