4 February 2012

The new Vicar of Grain and Stoke

I was invited to attend St. James’ Church on the Isle of Grain on Thursday evening, to observe the Licensing and Installation service for the new Parish Priest for Grain and Stoke - the Reverend Glenn Ellsworth McWatt.

The Licensing was conducted by the Bishop of Tonbridge (The Rt. Rev. Dr. David Castle) and the Installation by the Archdeacon of Rochester (The Venerable Simon Burton-Jones).

The Bishop of Tonbridge with the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway and the Rev. Glenn Ellsworth McWatt.

Parishioners from Grain and Stoke gave Glenn, and his wife Irene, a warm welcome. Parish Council representatives and the Mayor and Mayoress of Medway (Ted and Sylvia Baker) were also present to welcome Glenn on behalf of the civic community.

Inside St. James' Church before the service.

Inside St. James' Church before the service.

After the Church service there was a good opportunity to catch up with many familiar faces from around the villages, and to enjoy the generous hospitality laid on by the Parish. They did a wonderful job and had clearly worked hard on all the preparations - greatly appreciated by all. Given the temperature outside (and inside the Church!) the nice hot tea and coffee was especially welcome!

Best wishes, and welcome, to Glenn and Irene.