In the afternoon of Sunday 19th June 2016, at Llansamlet church, the Afon Tawe (Swansea) Deanery Conference met for the first time. Rev Canon Huw Lervy (Area Dean) chaired the meeting, and John Winchester (Glantawe) was elected as Lay Vice Chair. All the necessary officers and representatives for the new deanery and diocesan triennial elections were signed up.
The speaker was Mr Peter Doyle, the diocesan safeguarding officer, who explained his role and answered questions. He reminded us that the new ‘safeguarding of children and adults at risk’ policy is available online http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/structure/representative-body/hr/safeguarding/
He told us about the biennial diocesan training day which will be held on 8th July 2016 in Brecon Cathedral. http://swanseaandbrecon.churchinwales.org.uk/home-page/safeguarding/
There was time for a break and refreshments were provided by the parish including a celebration cake ceremonially cut by The Venerable Robert Williams, Archdeacon of Gower together with Canon Lervy.
Others from the deanery joined us for a service of Compline led by Rev Canon Chris Darvill. We sang “Thy Hand, O God, has guided” and listened to a short reflection based on the reading:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11.28-30
We were encouraged to make Christ’s choice of life our own and to look for the reality of love. There is no purpose in endless talk about what we are to do. “Don’t look back but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.”