Update from Jonathan 

The latest update from our vicar, Jonathan Trigg

Winter 2014

Clergy Changes in Highgate

In case this may have passed you by, on 29th October Bishop Peter licensed Bryce as Priest in Charge of All Saints, and at the same time he licensed me as assistant curate.  In case you are puzzled at this, and wonder about the rationale for the change, here is a short explanation:

I was licensed as Priest in Charge five years ago in September 2009, when Bryce was still relatively newly ordained, but for a good long while he has also been exercising very effective leadership. It is now right that this should be properly recognised and he is given formal authority to exercise the ministry he has already been offering.

This won’t affect the position at St Michael’s at all, nor will it affect the roles of the other clergy. All of us remain licensed to both All Saints and St Michael’s, one team of clergy serving two separate parishes. Bryce and I have a working agreement which has been approved by the Bishop. It leaves me in overall charge of the team of clergy.

It has been a great encouragement to me to serve as Priest in Charge at All Saints for the last five years and to be part of all that has been developing in the life of the parish; I’m very glad that I shall continue to be part of it under Bryce’s leadership.

Auction of Promises

Our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the auction such a splendid occasion. My thanks to those who provided the excellent supper, to everyone who offered the ‘lots’, to those who ran the auction so efficiently and to everyone who came to bid. The total will exceed £10,000; a wonderful result!

Bishop Peter's Farewell

There will be a farewell Eucharist at 6pm on Sunday 25th January in the Cathedral. All welcome. Please book the date. There will be no evening service at St Michael’s on that day. Meanwhile, here is a reminder of the proposals for a farewell gift to the Bishop, mostly excerpted from a message from our Archdeacon:

Bishop Peter has agreed to the idea that the 100 parishes in the Area should seek together to raise £50,000 for the new church centre at Tottenham Hale. Tottenham Hale is the first new church in a new community for 40 years in the diocese of London. [Bishop Peter’s] support for the vision for the church here and in other parts of his Area where there are similar major development areas has been crucial to the success of this strategic development work.

The gift will kick start the second phase of the fundraising for the project which has already raised nearly £1 million in addition to the donation of the shell and core of the building. Tottenham Hale is a new way of blending community outreach and church work, which we intend to replicate elsewhere in the Area and Diocese. By adding credibility and sustainability to the work at Tottenham Hale this gift will make that further mission work in other parts of the Area and Diocese more possible.

Our thanks to those who have already given; if you’d like to join them please send your contribution clearly marked to the Parish Office at St Michael’s or via David Bulgin at All Saints. Or you can give directly online or by text: Text BPPE14 and amount to 70070 (e.g. BPE14 £10).

Thank-you and Farewell

Toril Briese, our assistant Director of Music, is leaving us at the end of the year, as she is returning to Sweden. We will miss her excellent musicianship, her service to the choir, her contributions at our regular concerts and her wonderful voluntaries. We’ll also miss her friendship. Thank you Toril, for all you have given us; God’s blessing on you in the future.

This comes with my very best wishes for the season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate the joy of the Word made flesh.