On Sunday 10th January Bishop John came to St Paul’s Church, Sketty to mark the formation of a new deanery created out of the old Llwchwr, Clyne and Gower Deaneries. Clergy and laity were present in a packed church to mark this celebration presided over by Bishop John who introduced the service as marking the beginning of something new.
He invited people to look about and see who they did not know and to remember that mark of our sometimes ‘isolated’ positons within our own Parish structures, when the future calls for us to be more interactive with one another and share the ministries, gifts and skills we have been given. Integral within this new Deanery are the formation of new Ministry Areas, Gower, Clyne Trinity, Llwchwr and Mumbles. These will form the Mission backbone of all that we do in working together to build up God’s Kingdom. Elections to the new Deanery Synod take place later on this Spring but as Bishop John pointed out we can have all the documents, strategies and structures in place but if these things are not populated by God’s people, followers and disciples of Jesus, then they are meaningless.
Do pray for the success of these new Deaneries across the length of the Diocese, pray for the Ministry Areas that are an integral part of them, however do pray most of all for the people of God, the followers of Jesus who live and work within them to grow His Kingdom.
Rev Canon Peter Brooks, Area Dean Greater Gower Deanery.