Jersey – Pastoral Letter from Bob Key

This is interesting…

Very Rev Robert KeyDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Having consulted the Vice-Deans and the Lay Chair of our Synod, I am writing in the light of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s announcement that we will move from the jurisdiction and care of the Bishop of Winchester to that of the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott. The Archbishop’s desire is that the Churches of Jersey and Guernsey should grow and flourish and I am most grateful for his personal interest and intervention.

Of course there is sadness that five hundred years of working with the Diocese of Winchester may be coming to an end, but new relationships within the Anglican Church beckon and we look forward, in faith, to exploring what God, in his grace, has in store for us.

There are a hundred and one practical issues to be discussed and resolved. Bishop Trevor will be meeting the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey on February 12th and 13th to take these forward and, I have called a Greater Synod for next Thursday to talk through these things. Please pray for Bishop Trevor and the Deans and the relationship of trust that they will build together.

The great thing is for our ministry and mission, and our worship and witness to continue untroubled by these changes, indeed enhanced and encouraged by them.

There is a wonderful Old Testament promise in Jeremiah which says:

“I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.
Plans for good and not for evil,
To give you a future and a hope.”

We claim that promise and look forward to God’s future together.

Yours in Christ’s service,

Robert Key
Dean of Jersey

It’s the paragraph beginning “Of course” that is of most interest. So much for Jersey and Guernsey going back to Winchester…