On Thursday, in preparation for his induction as Vicar of St Michael’s and St Barnabas, Rev Tim and the family attended a service at Exeter Cathedral in which Tim, and several other ministers, swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen and canonical obedience to the Bishop. In case you’re wondering what’s going on, let me explain.
Tim has been Priest-in-Charge of St Michael and St Barnabas, ever since his arrival in 2002. To be a Priest-in-Charge means simply that the parish is part of a pastoral reorganisation scheme … it was thought that St Michael and St Barnabas may become part of a benefice (or group of churches) with other local parishes, so Rev Tim’s appointment was ‘temporary’. Now his appointment has been made permanent and the parishes released from any planned changes.
It makes little practical difference to the day to day life of the churches and of Tim himself, but it was a rare opportunity to be part of something special at the Cathedral – and to have lunch at the Bishop’s Palace! We will be celebrating ‘at home’ on Sunday, October 4th, when the Archdeacon will ‘present’ Tim to the parishes and induct him as Vicar, in a service at St Michael’s at 4pm.