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Announcement

2010 February 16
by Tim V-B

This is my 100th published post (which isn’t much, really) but it’s a good number for an announcement like this.

Last week I was offered – and accepted – the post of Vicar of St Bartholomew, Wednesbury!

I will be Licensed on June 16th in a service at St Bartholomew which will start at 7.30pm.  To all three of my blog readers: you are most welcome to attend.

If you are interested in finding out a bit more about the parish and the church building, these links might help.

Details of the parish at A Church Near You (includes a map of the parish):
http://www.achurchnearyou.com/wednesbury-st-bartholomew/
If you’re interested in photos of the building:
The parish made the newspapers last year:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/6255208/Vicar-wanted-for-town-branded-the-worst-place-in-the-world-by-Jeremy-Clarkson.html
Of course, the church is the people, not the building.  Those I’ve met so far have been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to June.  In the meantime the focus is here in Stone: following Jesus and helping others follow him also.
8 Responses
  1. February 23, 2010

    Just heard the news that you’re coming to our part of the world. We’re very excited in our Vicarage and look forward to meeting you soon.

  2. February 23, 2010

    Hi Tim, people have been praying on and off for “the black church” and we are delighted to hear that you are the answer to these prayers. Let us know when you are aiming to arrive. Neil

  3. Tim V-B permalink*
    February 23, 2010

    Thanks to both of you! Tell the people who have been praying on and off to keep on praying, without any off :)

    We’ll be arriving sometime in May (TBC), hoping to have a bit of holiday before our daughter can start school for the final 1/2 term of the year. Schooling is a good subject to pray about.

  4. Viv Burnie permalink
    February 23, 2010

    Congratulations to you both, Tim, and Caroline. We’re looking forward to seeing you established in your own parish. And a new area for us to explore!
    Lots of love, Mum and Dad

  5. Leanne Whitty permalink
    February 24, 2010

    As one of the congregation of St Bartholomew I just thought I’d say we are looking forward to your arrival with us and we pray for you and the family every sunday in church.

  6. Tim V-B permalink*
    February 24, 2010

    Thanks Leanne. When I was first ordained I found it a bit strange to be prayed for each week. Now I know how much I need it!

  7. Leanne Whitty permalink
    March 8, 2010

    well we’re just trying to allow God to prepare the soil for when he plants you in our community so we will benefit as much from our prayers as you and yours hopefully will! lol…..looking forward to June. In the meanwhile, god bless! x

  8. Sarah Whitty permalink
    March 15, 2010

    As a member of the youth at St.Bart’s I’d just like to confirm what my sister, Leanne said. We are very much looking forward to you and your family’s arrival at the church! We do indeed pray for you all every week and cannot wait to meet you all very soon! :) Hope to meet you all very soon (: See you in June! :) God Bless you and your family. x

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