As most people will be aware by now, unfortunately the interviews on 19th July did not lead to an appointment. Excellent though they were, none of the candidates demonstrated at this time, the ability to meet the criteria we had agreed in the parish profile were necessary to take St Barnabas into the future. Of course we are all disappointed, but the interview panel, chaired by Bishop Paul, were unanimous in its decision not to appoint.
It is planned that we re-advertise in September and in the meantime senior clergy will also be networking in the hope that a further round of interviews will be held in October.
At this important time in our life as the St Barnabas Church family we would like to encourage all of us to continue to:
pray regularly and earnestly that the person of God’s choice will be moved by the Holy Spirit to offer him or herself as a candidate
fulfil the roles that each of us has in the practical and spiritual life of the church
remain committed in our encouragement of one another by acknowledging that the different styles of worship across our services enable us all to continue to encounter the one true and living God and to glorify His name by our life and witness.
It is essential that we continue to move forward together in unity, so the three of us ask for your prayers that we and all in positions of leadership, may fulfil our roles with humility, vision and trust in each other and in God.
The epistle for the last Sunday in July could not be more appropriate as Paul writes (Eph3:20,21) “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever and ever. Amen”
Alistair, Graeme and Sam

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