A thank you from Bishop Andrew, Mary and Family

A thank you from Bishop Andrew, Mary and Family

It has been a wonderful few weeks since so many people were able to fill St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee for the consecration service.  I would like to thank everyone for their welcome, for so many gifts and for the warmth of Brechin Diocese greetings. As a Scot I knew that the folk here were warm and welcoming, but the experience of coming here has exceeded expectations!

I am now learning, every day, so much about the people of the charges here in the diocese, and their passions, hopes and fears.  I will be with you for worship in all the charges in the next few months (dates are being rolled out as we go along) and I plan to meet vestries and get a feel for how the diocese can be of service to our churches.  There are already excellent conversations taking place on the mission and witness of our charges and plans in place to explore how these can be enhanced and grown.

Many people are asking me, even in these early days, what the future will be for the Diocese of Brechin.  Plans that have been developed already, for charge finance, sharing resources and new ways of working, will be continued and developed.  We face challenges in this diocese, as do all churches today, as we see numbers
declining and resources stretched, but we can approach these challenges with trust in God and confidence that being disciples today is a rich and worthwhile way of living. I am looking forward to lively and frank discussions in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Once again, I would like to thank you all, on behalf of Mary, Elly, Peter and Frances, for the welcome you have given us as we arrive to live in Dundee and to minister in the diocese.  Please look me up on Facebook as I share my encounters in the
diocese.  I have also started an occasional blog to record some of my reflections on ministry called “Glimpsing Heaven Through the Haar”: www.heavenlyhaar.blogspot.com. 

I can be contacted on the email address bishop@brechin.anglican.org. 

Please do get in touch and find out more about what your diocese can do for you!

With every blessing