It was a great privilege to be part of the congregation at the induction of the new vicar at St Johns, Pleck and Bescot yesterday evening. The church was full with local people, civic dignitaries, representatives of various organisations and more clergy in one place than I have seen other than when I went to the Methodist Conference in 1983.
It was a great service to welcome the new Vicar Gennie Evans who was previously in Moss Side, Manchester and there were two coachloads of folk who had travelled down from there for the service.
We sang four hymns - To God be the Glory by Fanny J. Crosby; When I survey the wondrous cross by Isaac Watts and two hymns which I suggested to someone were really Methodist hymns - And Can it Be by Charles Wesley and God is here, as we His people (sung to Blaenwern) by Fred Pratt Green.
I really enjoyed the service and what a boost it was to the batteries in the middle of the week.
We have a joint service once a month (Methodist/Anglican) which we take on alternative months and we are looking forward to working with the new vicar.