MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM RECTOR - MAY 2021
A few days ago, I went for a walk around Kingsnorth with Geoff Abasolo-Munnery, who is joining us for his curacy at the beginning of July (Geoff introduced himself in last month’s edition of Good News for Ashford). I warned him as we set off that I have a terrible sense of direction and can get lost pretty much anywhere. Fortunately, he was able to reassure me that his is excellent!
Starting as Team Rector during the pandemic has meant I’ve done a lot less travelling around and visiting different parts of the parish than I would have done otherwise. That’s not great for someone like me who struggles to get their geographical bearings. I’m really pleased that with the warmer weather and the lifting of some restrictions, I’m beginning to find my way around different parts of Ashford, as I meet up with various people outside and share in worship in our re-opened church buildings.
One of the things that’s been underlined for me in the initial ‘Review’ phase of Mission Action Planning is that understanding Ashford takes time and care. It’s a growing place, with all the new housing; a changing place, notably with regard to employment patterns; and a place of significant contrasts, with wards among both the most and the least deprived in Kent. Still, it’s a place with a recognisable identity: people know where it is, and identify themselves as .....