Monday, 1 March 2010

Announcement of appointment

The Bishop announces the appointment (subject to CRB clearance) of the Revd Simon Harvey, Team Vicar, St Paul’s Church, Oadby as Vicar of the benefice of St Mary, Islington in the Diocese of London. Simon’s institution will take place on Thursday 15 July at 8.00pm.

Simon writes,
I am thrilled at the prospect of serving God in a new way and in a new place. St Mary's is at the heart of a busy London district, with a strong vision for the gospel - it's an exciting move for the whole family. But it also makes us very appreciative of the people of Oadby, especially church members. We have been blessed in belonging here for seven wonderful years. We have put down roots. We have made friends. We will never forget the generosity, fun and partnership in faith of that we have found.

The coming months will give us time to express personally our thankfulness and the confidence we have for the future of St Paul's and St Peter's.

St Mary's, Islington, has a fascinating history and is very active in mission, with a large staff and an extensive ministry through its Neighbourhood Centre and Crypt. The church has been served by some well known clergy, including Charles Wesley, Daniel Wilson, Maurice Wood, David Sheppard, Donald Coggan, George Carey and Graham Kings.

Islington is a very popular place and Upper Street, with all its restaurants, bars, theatres and shops is quite different from Hamble Road! We will have to get used to all-night buses passing our door and the colour and noise of a vibrant neighbourhood. Ten thousand people live in the parish, where very wealthy people and very poor people live in close proximity. There are over two hundred and thirty on the church electoral roll and most worshippers live outside the parish. There are big challenges too. In seeking a new vicar, the church described its vision for growth, and to be “known for the love of the people among whom we live.” There are also demanding financial issues.

I will be joining a large and gifted team, which includes a curate, two Readers, three full time staff and over twenty part-time employees.

But for now, we thank God for Oadby, for what is, what has been, and what will be. To him be the glory! Amen.