Tuesday, November 15, 2005
It's now official - I am to be the priest-in-charge of what Queen Elizabeth I described as 'The goodliest, fairest and most famous parish church in England' - St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. It is a large church (allegedly the largest parish church in England, at least in floor space), with the third highest spire in England. It also has a maze (more accurately a labyrinth) in the roof. There are loads of tourists, two church schools, a flourishing choir, civic occasions in the church, a large parish with some of the most desirable housing in Bristol along the riverside and some less desirable tower blocks. I'm a little daunted, but hugely excited about what can be done there (as well as what already happens). I fully intend to have some fun there!
I'm not sure yet when I will start, but it won't be until the new year. Please pray for me in the months to come.