Sunday, November 05, 2006

Over the water ....

When you hear of a priest being instituted as Rector of a church these days, it ususally means he or she has just arrived there, is beginning a new job as it were. But today, my pal Kenny was instituted as Rector of St Augustine's, Dumbarton where he has been Priest-in-charge for the past 6 years or so. I wanted to be there for such a milestone on the journey of this congregation - a "cairn" on the path, as +Idris called it. It is no small achievement to complete such an ambitious restoration project and develop as a congregation during the process, but this lot have done it! I was welcomed like an old friend, invited to the buffet, talked to more people than I can remember, and had a ball. The service was full of warmth: this was not entirely down to the incredible physical warmth of the building, though it's a long time since I've been quite so cosy in an Episcopal church!

So well done, Kenny and well done St Aug's - you've done exceptional. And thank you for a great morning!


  1. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Tut, tut. ' - You've done exceptionally well' please!

  2. Anonymous12:20 PM

    It was wonderful to see Christine yesterday! She still looks like a wee wummin from Greenham Common! It was a good day for the parish and an affirmation after a lot of hard work on their part. St Augustine's must be one of the daftest parishes in the world, and that suits me fine! I think we are also one of the best and liveliest parishes in the whole world - but then, again, I'm pretty biased!

    I'm a bit iffy about posting here, if my English is going to be corrected, but here goes.....

  3. Anonymous1:33 PM

    I only commented since she was the English teacher - I'm only the brother-in-law.

    I don't correct other folk, so post away with gay abandon!

  4. Now, now, boys - the good English teacher makes use of the vernacular in the interests of humour ....

    And less of the wee wummin, Kenny - I was positively respectable yesterday, IMHO!