Please pray for Fr. Philip Gray and the people of the parish of St Margaret’s, Ilkley, where (God-willing) I am to serve as Assistant Curate.
I’m really excited to be able to announce this at last: there’s been a lot of patient waiting for the various processes to work out. There is still quite a bit of waiting to do, and details such as housing, schools for the children, and so on have to be worked out.
Assuming all goes according to plan, I will be ordained deacon by the Bishop of Bradford on Sunday 30th June, in Bradford Cathedral. Ordination day feels like a long way off, with many “firm expectations” between now and then: but it also feels much more as though the end of our sojourn in Oxfordshire is in sight. The more observant among you will have noticed that Ilkley is in Bradford Diocese, and not Durham. I do feel some sadness at not returning to be ordained in Durham Cathedral – my sending church. I owe a great deal to the Diocese and Cathedral, and we have many happy family memories of the North East. However, there is a very strong sense of rightness about the coming move to Wharfedale.
There are now 131 days until the leavers’ service, and much to do in the mean time. Best get on with it, really.