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"What is Grace Looking for in a Rector"

posted Apr 10, 2013, 6:15 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Apr 10, 2013, 10:33 AM by in apropos ]
As most of us know, Grace Church is in a time of interim ministry.  What that means is that Margaret, our priest, is officially an interim priest rather than a "rector".  (The word "rector" has a fascinating history, but in the American Episcopal Church it's simply a priest elected by a parish with the consent of the bishop to lead that parish for an open-ended period of time.)
In discerning God's will for our future, what does Grace Church do next?  One immediate next step involves you.   Your vestry asks everyone to participate in information gathering sessions titled "What Is Grace Looking For In A Rector?"
The first session will take place on April 21st right after church (in place of coffee hour) in the Large Hall.   The second session will happen on April 28th, also right after church in the Large Hall.  Please come to one of the two sessions if you can - whichever is more convenient for you.
Each session will last an hour, and there will be hearty snacks to allow us to stay focused.  For those with kids, childcare and a kid-friendly lunch will also be provided.  You'll be on your way at 1:00pm.

These sessions will be carefully led to ensure that everyone's thoughts are fully heard, for the building up of the Body of Christ at Grace.  Next week your wardens will email a set of questions to the whole parish so we can have some time to be thoughtful in advance.

"What if I can't make one of these meetings?"   We'll follow up with an invitation to email the wardens and vestry if you have thoughts that you weren't able to share in person.   We'll also put a very simple form on the website, gracenewton.org, where you can leave your thoughts.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at either meeting.  Until then please, continue to pray for Grace to be a place of service to everyone in need, please hold each other up with care, and take confidence in the Easter message every day.

David Barbrow
Senior Warden