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Annual Report 2017[6748]


Annual Report for the year of our Lord 2017 Let’s look back at where we have been – and forward to where God wants us to be going A look back at what has been achieved, and what challenges have been faced in the previous year is often a useful process. Again, the year has been one of uniting, growing stronger as we face mutual difficulties, but most importantly – a time to encourage. Both parishes face similar issues, fabric, Parish Share, ageing membership bases. Killay’s fabric issues have revolved around three things – damp ingress at St.Hilary’s, a potential for extending the welcome area/ porch at the Parish Church, and a painful decision to sell the Parsonage on Ashgrove (the latter being a very difficult and long thought out proposal). Tycoch’s fabric issues have centred around various electrical upgrades, ground works and dealing with several vandalism issues. For Sian and myself this year has seen a major upheaval in the move to the new Vicarage in Hendrefoilan Park. Moving house is one of the most stressful episodes in anyone’s life and I thank Sian in particular for her help and support – and a Thank You to all who sent cards to welcome us into our new home. As I write this (having only lived in the new property for just over seven days), we are planning an Open House so everyone can come and see the new house – watch out for details in Weekly Newsletters! It has been great to see the new Lay worship Team being further enhanced with Sarah Harris joining the merry band. As the new structure of services stabilises itself, so we are beginning to see new features emerging, across both parishes. An involvement of children from Hendrefoilan Primary School, the Team leading carol services and Good Friday meditations. I am encouraging the team to step outside the box and to be a little challenging and innovative. This clearly will take time, but we are already on the journey. This Holy Week has seen a packed crowd to experience the Passion Play ‘Road to Calvary’ and a new style of intimate worship using Taize at St.Martin’s. It has to be acknowledged what a fly away success the Community Candle-lit Carol service was in St.Martin’s on the Sunday before Christmas. My grateful thanks to all the St.Martin’s folk who worked tirelessly in leafleting and preparing the church in such a beautiful and meaningful way. All Souls similarly had a good attendance for both the Christingle Service and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. It is in my mind to run two Crib Services next year, with the involvement of the Lay Worship Team. The year of 2018 saw the formal Inauguration of the Clyne Trinity Ministry Area, led by the Parish of Killay St Hilary’s Church and St Martin’s Church Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Page !4

Annual Report for the year of our Lord 2017 Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd. John Davies. There was a full church in Sketty and members of the choirs across the three parishes joined together to enhance the music. As the Archbishop said in his introduction, now is not the time to simply do what we have always done – we need to step out, to work more outside our churches and deeper within communities in which our churches are set. This year saw the great sadness at losing a number of our friends from both parishes. From Tycoch we said farewell to Rowena Jones, Dennis Griffiths, Norman Blackledge, Joyce Regan, Yvonne Whetton, John Hall, Dorothy Carman, and Peter Dawson. Those promoted to glory from the Parish of Killay include Gwyneth Bartley, Joyce Deere, Olive Moffat, and of course David Morgan (Lay Reader). David Morgan has been a great servant of the church for decades, a community figure in so many ways. As Headteacher of Dunvant Primary School for so many years, President of the Swansea in Bloom gardening competition and Dunvant Horticultural Society, local historian, writing a number of books documenting various aspects of the history of the area – not least his beloved St.Hilary’s Church. It was good to welcome so many of David’s friends to St.Hilary’s in February, for a service to celebrate the life, work and ministry of such a key member of the Parish of Killay. So having spent some time looking back, let’s look forward. We need to put ourselves in God’s hands – for he has a plan, a plan far greater than any we could put together. We are continuing to work on better communication, via a Ministry Area website, the Parish of Killay is now on Facebook and we are discussing the potential of having one over-arching magazine across the three parishes. We continue to explore new ways to reach young people. We look forward to welcoming Archbishop John to a Ministry Area Confirmation Service in May. Running a Parish/two parishes is a team effort and I thank those Parish Officers who have served the church in various ways over the past year. I thank Sian for her unswerving support to me personally. Thanks to the Churchwardens, Treasurers and Secretaries, to everyone for YOUR input into church life. Please accept this general Thank You, as I cannot list every individual by name of role, but my thanks to you are the same. I would write more, but I have boxes that need opening – oh, and a dressing gown to find! As God seeks to walk with us every step of our Christian journey, let us trust Him and fully give all our difficult decisions over to Him, be it in Tycoch or in Killay. Your Friend and Vicar Canon Phillip Parish of Killay St Hilary’s Church and St Martin’s Church Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Page !5

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