September brings with it the beginning of a new academic year and a new season. A new season in the life of many of our young people as they change schools or leave home to go to university or start work for the first-time. A new season when typically the leaves begin to fall and the colour brown takes over the colour green as the signifier of the season (though many lawns are currently very brown!)
In the life of our local C of E churches in Betley and Madeley we are also entering a new season. Early September will bring with it a number of changes. On the 8th of September I will formally be “installed and inducted” as vicar after 20 months of being “priest in charge to be known as vicar”. The pandemic prevented this service earlier on in my tenure. Installation and induction does make me think of when we had the vicarage oven installed, though I think there will be less boiler suits and more liturgical robes involved in this installation. In the same service we will also be celebrating with Rev Dot Woods who will be joining us as Associate Minister in Madeley and Betley. All being well, we’ll also be formally commissioning Ruth Fish as our Children, Youth and Families Minister at the same service.
As the churches prepare to enter this new season of ministry it is exciting to look forward to this new chapter of the shared life of our churches and to all the opportunities this new season will bring.