We have new people in the Parish who will serve as Co-Ministry Area Leaders for the Monmouth Ministry Area!
Tim and Karen have just joined us from New Zealand where they served for 12 years; Karen and Tim have also served for 11 years in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Originally Tim hails from Northumberland and Karen from Northern Ireland. They serve as co-leaders of the Monmouth Ministry Area which encompasses 18 Parishes.
Rev’d Karen Ann Dack and husband Rev’d Tim have just moved into the Vicarage in Penallt......
Karen was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland with her family when aged 16. She was brought up attending Church whenever the doors were open and became Youth President of the local church at the age of 21. Karen worked at the tax office then went on to train for the Ministry and completed 3-years in Theology in Manchester, which is also where she met her husband Tim.
Tim was born in Northumberland, he came to faith in a very different way. He had no contact with church as a child, but in his late teens began exploring faith. Tim came to the Christian faith in his early 20’s.
Karen and Tim served in London in a Church with a West Indian and African congregation, they have served in New Zealand among the Maori and Pakeha of that land and can lead services in Te Reo Maori, they have also served for a number of years in Guernsey.
Tim and Karen along with other Rectors of the Ancient Parishes served in Guernsey’s Government; they were the first ever married couple to be both Rectors of Ancient Parishes and serving on Guernsey’s Government.
Karen & Tim have seen many come to faith in Christ, many delivered from addiction, and they have led worship in a wide variety of contexts in small groups and with large crowds. “We have always seen Churches grow, always seen people come to faith, always seen Church finances transformed as people of faith catch the vision of what God can do and still does do through the people called His Church”.
We both sensed God’s call to this place; Karen’s father served in ministry in Wales for a number of years, Tim and Karen started courting in Llandudno and many of Tim’s ancestors worked as free miners in and around the Forest of Dean.
“We are excited about these new roles working as a team to build the Church in this place, our expectations are high, our God is the God of resurrection for whom nothing shall be impossible.”
We have been without a full time parish priest since Rev Sandra Howells retired in 2018 so it is great to have Karen and Tim here now. We have been very glad to welcome back the Rev. Nick Taylor and the Rev. Rose-Mary Dagger who are appointed as Focal Ministers.
Reverends Karen, RoseMary, Nicholas and Tim are all licenced to conduct Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
There is also a Parochial Church Council whose responsibility is to manage the parish and it's affairs as well as supporting the clergy.
Current members of the Church Council ( in alphabetical order ) are:-
Anna Gilbey -Peoples Warden and Sacristan at St Nicholas
Chris Swayne - Magazine Editor
Dick Coates -Sexton St Nicholas, Deanery and Churches Together
George Lancaster -Treasurer and Finance
Jean Rogers -Trustee FTCC and St Nicholas Flowers
Karen Lowe - Chair Friends of Trellech Church and Churchyard
Lyn Harper Sacristan Old Church and Lay reader
Sarah Haeffner -Sexton Old Church and Flowers Old Church
Stevie Coutts -Gift Aid Secretary
Tim McCord - Vicars warden with responsibility for Church fabric.
Contact details of both clergy and PCC are listed in the contacts page.
Of course, besides the clergy and the PCC there are a lot of other people who play important roles in the Parish and churches. These are:-
Licensed Ministers within the Parish
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Anna Gilbey, Jean Rogers, and Sandra Harrhy are all licensed by the Bishop to take communion to the sick or housebound. This license also permits people to take a service in church with the reserved sacrament if a Priest is not available. Anna exercises this fuller ministry.
Anna Gilbey, Karen Lowe, Kay Bowen, all exercise a licensed ministry to serve the chalice (wine) at Communion and share the unlicensed ministry of serving at the altar. Sue Dean, Chris Mills and Tim McCord are training for both ministries.
Unlicensed ministries within the parish
Sacristan - A ministry of servanthood: responsible for laying up and clearing away the communion vessels. Frank Kemp is our head sacristan, ably assisted by Dick Coates and all the lay Eucharistic ministers and Chalice bearers on a Rota basis.
Church Linen: Care and maintenance of Altar cloths and Eucharistic linen: Servers and chalice bears usually step in to help here but we could do with one person in each church who takes on this important role. Anna Gilbey does this for St Nicholas Church
Sidespeople: A ministry of hospitality: the following people work on a Rota basis to arrive early to greet people, give out the service books, take the collection and clear away after the service. Anna Gilbey, Karen Lowe, Kay Bowen, Dick Coates, Frank Kemp, Wendy Boycott, Sue Dean, Sue Phillips, Ann Powis, Stevie Coutts.
Readers: A ministry of sharing the Word of God: the following people work on a Rota basis to ensure people hear the word of God in all our services. Ann Powis, Wendy Boycott, Anna Gilbey, Daphne Shannon, Stevie Coutts, George Lancaster, Jean Rogers, Christina McFarlane, Sandy and Wyn Richards, Dick Coates, Betty Richards, Sue Dean, Chris Mills and Tim McCord.
Organists/pianists: Offering talents and gifts to enable the people to sing God’s praises:
David Murray and Jill Westwood are our organists assisted by Jean Rogers. David and Jill also choose the hymns for most of the services and music before and after the service. Between the organists, all weddings, funerals and special services are covered.
Flower Arrangers and cleaners: Bringing beauty and a loving presence to the Church using artistic skills and willing work: Sarah Heaffner and Jean Rogers usually arrange rotes for flowers and cleaning. We are very grateful for the time and skill of all who assist them.
Verger: Dick Coates is verger in both churches covering weddings and funerals and keeping our notice boards updated.
These are examples of so much that is done on a voluntary basis in our churches for which we are most grateful. We apologise if we have missed anyone or anything out!! Everyone and everything are valued and all that is done is appreciated.
AND - Not forgetting of course - our congregations without which, there would be no churches in the Parish