Sunday, March 07, 2010

White smoke at last

Whew! The white smoke was billowing metaphorically around Holy Trinity church, Dunoon, today - and in the other episcopal charges of the Cowal and Bute district - as we were at last able to acknowledge that a new priest had been appointed. The Reverend Andrew Swift, originally from Aberdeen, is currently a full-time curate in a semi-urban parish in Gloucester City, and before training for ministry worked in the shipbuilding industry.

For the first time in almost 30 years there will be a young family living in the Rectory, the last such family belonging to our recently-retired bishop, +Martin. At that time I was one of the young adults in the congregation, and some of us were reflecting the other day that we are now the Old Women of the tribe - though strangely we don't feel like it. Thirty years ago women of my age wore tweed skirts - remember these skirts with the pleats from each side of the hip? - and Pringle twinsets under their sensible jackets and above their sensible shoes. They perhaps wore pearls, or a Luckenbooth brooch. At yesterday's meeting there were jeans, technical-fabric trousers, trainers, hiking boots (so still sensible footwear!), fleeces and T-shirts. Presumably we now head to the grave dressed as we have since we left mini-skirts behind ... but I digress.

Life is short, but at least with a new priest it will be less demanding - just a bit - for the lay team, who may not have to write so many sermons. And it promises to be interesting. What more could we ask for?

14 comments:

  1. Good news! Been quite a long interregnum, hasn't it?

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  2. Sure has - there were complications...There are always complications!

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  3. The said Revd Andrew Swift...5:50 PM

    ...fewer sermons for the lay team?

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  4. Ruth Blakley5:51 PM

    That's fab news GF, how exciting!

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  5. Andrew Swift5:52 PM

    :-)

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  6. I spent yesterday at a training event with him here in deepest darkest Gloucestershire...wish I'd known he was heading your way. I'm sure you'll all have a fab time together - though I can't help feeling that he is running further than he needs to escape his curacy ;-)

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  7. Hmmm. What is said rev planning?
    Kathryn - I wondered if you ever met!

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  8. Ruth - the idea now is to become a petit fromage and disappear into the recesses of the fridge! :-)

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  9. Ad multos annos!

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  10. You!!! A petit fromage???? Aye! That'll be right!

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  11. Congratulations. May you have many productive and fulfilling years in your congregations.

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  12. Thank you, Eamonn - and for your help in the interregnum.

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