The clergy of All Saints met in late October to think about worship and pastoral cover once the Rector has left at the end of November. Unless the Bishop decides that he is able to appoint an Interim Pastor from outwith All Saints’, Canon David Day will act as the first point of contact for pastoral matters and queries about services. This does not mean that he will be doing everything that the Rector has been doing, but he will be the one to pass on to others, as appropriate, what he cannot deal with himself.

The clergy were pleased to welcome Fr Esau McCaulley as part of the team, as all are pleased to welcome the rest of the family – Fr Esau’s wife, Mandy, and their children, Clare, Luke and baby Peter – to All Saints. Happily, Fr Gareth Saunders is returning to work after a long period of absence on sick leave, and returning to the altar at All Saints, as work and family commitments allow.

Fr Esau’s arrival and Fr Gareth’s return mean that the Eucharist will continue to be offered most weekdays, as well as Sundays. However, in order to allow this to happen, it is necessary to change some of the service times.

Weekly services

In the new liturgical year, starting on 30 November, Advent Sunday, the weekly services will follow this pattern, at least for the time being:

Sunday
8.00 am Eucharist
10.00 am Sung Eucharist
6.00 pm Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong or Evensong and Benediction (To be confirmed)

Monday
12.15 pm Eucharist

Tuesday
6.00 pm Eucharist

Wednesday
12:15 pm Eucharist

Thursday
12:15 pm Eucharist

Friday
11:00 am Eucharist at St Andrew’s Church, Queen’s Gardens

Saturday
No service at All Saints’

Clergy meetings

The clergy will meet on a regular basis during the interregnum and will review these and other matters.

Generic email addresses

Meanwhile, the Vestry has also been turning its mind to arrangements for the interregnum. The setting up of new generic email addresses for office bearers and others will assist communication, as emails will be directed from these to whichever individual is dealing with the particular area of work. The email addresses which have been set up so far are as follows:

These email addresses will remain the same even when the person occupying a particular role changes: email traffic will simply be re-routed to a different address. Other addresses will follow; details will be given in the Newsletter as well as on the website.

What’s next…?

It is not known how long the interregnum will last. At some point following the Rector’s departure, the Bishop will come and meet the Vestry to explain how the process of finding a new Rector will be handled. The Vestry will keep the congregation informed through the newsletter, the website, and the Sunday notices.

Something we can all do is pray: for the life and work and witness of the community of faith that is All Saints’, St Andrews; for its clergy and Vestry; for all those involved in the search for a new incumbent; for Bishop David and the diocese; and for the wider Church.