From the Senior Warden- Fr. Bob Honeychurch will begin his interim ministry with the Church of Our Saviour on Feb. 12. This is the week that Lent begins. Ash Wednesday will be the first time many parishioners have the opportunity to meet Father Bob Honeychurch.
The Wardens and Vestry of Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel announce that it has called the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Honeychurch to serve as interim priest beginning Feb. 12, 2018. Dr. Honeychurch’s tenure with us will be one year or until a new rector is called. He is serving as in interim priest with the authority of a rector. This decision was made at the vestry meeting on Dec. 5, 2017.
Father Gary opened the Vestry meeting with several readings focusing on transition. The following prayer moved me and I wanted to share it with fellow parishioners.
“O God, You know us better than we know ourselves. Guide us throughout our time of transition. Empower each one of use to use our unique gifts to create a beautiful life, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others and to encourage humility, patience and joy. Instill in us a vision of the life you intended for us to lead. Guided by your Holy Spirit, we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish this mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”
Has the model described in the presentation today been followed by other parishes in the diocese? Have the other parishes been successful with this process?
The process described, rector retires, an interim is placed, the parish profile is developed, then a decision is made on how to call a rector has been used for several years in this dioceses. I have been told by Canon Joanna Satorius- from the Office for Clergy formation and Transitional Ministries that this process has been successful in the majority of parishes following this model
I was pleased to see 100 + parish members at the Sunday Forum on September 17, 2017. This was the first Forum to discuss the process for calling a new Rector. I will highlight what was presented on Sunday. Myself and Patrick Crandall-Junior Warden made a presentation outlining the process the Dioceses of Los Angeles recommends that parishes follow when beginning a search for a new Rector. Katherine Feng- Junior Warden for our Mandarin speaking family assisted with translation. Thank you to both Junior Wardens.