"Welcome Susan ....."
It is with real joy that we look forward to Susan Salt’s arrival with us in the Team. These past months she’s been disengaging from her previous career as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of Trinity Hospice in Blackpool. She has been moving house with Neil and the family to the new Vicarage in Grimsargh where Neil is Vicar, and she has been finishing her theological training, something she’s been doing alongside the day job. And now she is preparing to join us as a Curate.
New people to meet, a new job to take on board, on-going training to be undertaken, and a whole new community to understand. I found that daunting when I began as a Curate and I only had one parish with which to cope. Susan has all that to handle and five parishes, five churches, five schools and ............ it’s a lot to take on board and for us to help her to get to grips with.
Susan will bring many gifts to the Team, new perspectives and new ideas, but we have to allow her time to get to know us, and time to explore and develop her gifts and her ministry. Over the next 4 years, providing Susan with good training experiences and opportunities for ministry will be one of the most import things that we do as a Team, and it is something to which we all have a contribution to make.
Make Susan welcome; enjoy the new dynamics she will bring to the Team; bear with her when things don’t go as well as she would hope; encourage her in all the positives she will bring and create; and let these years be ones which set her up well for her future ministry.
So let that all begin as we continue to pray for her in these last weeks of preparation; as we support her at her Ordination at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 29th June at 10.30am; and in our Fellside Welcome Service at St Mary’s Goosnargh, on Sunday 30th at 3.00pm.
Rev’d Stephen Cooper