Fr Jeremy Winston’s last service as Vicar of Abergavenny and Rector of Llanwenarth Citra was a packed Solemn Choral Evensong, with 400 people filling the church to celebrate his 18 years in the town.
Fr Jeremy, also priest-in-charge at Holy Trinity and of the Govilon group – had earlier celebrated Holy Eucharist at Christchurch, St Peter’s and St Mary’s, where he was presented with the book of messages, photographs and pictures drawn by the All Age Worship group.
Further presentations took place at the reception following Evensong – a bitter sweet occasion with a great deal of laughter and not a few tears. Evensong itself had seen the choir sing a special anthem composed by musical director Tim Pratt for the occasion and Fr Jeremy preach a longer-than-usual sermon. No-one minded as he expanded on his prepared message, finishing with thanks for all who had helped him in his ministry in the town.
Speaking shortly after his announcement, Fr Jeremy said “I very much look forward to belonging to a community of Christian people at Newport Cathedral, serving at the heart of the city and as the focus of the Diocese of Monmouth. I hope we shall be able to build on the efforts of our predecessors in developing the witness of the Cathedral, in caring for the wider community, and as a place of welcome for all.
“I am well aware of the challenges facing both the city and diocese – challenges which will require a great deal of prayer and the rolling up of sleeves.
“Leaving the Abergavenny parishes after eighteen years is bound to prove difficult – we have worked together extremely well and seen so many great achievements. It has been a unique privilege to serve in one of the most wonderful communities in Wales. I believe that the next Vicar will be richly blessed by the people there.”
Fr Jeremy will be installed as Dean of Monmouth and Vicar of St Woolos at Newport Cathedral on Saturday, September 10. For those who are not able to make it to the Cathedral, the Installation service will be shown ‘live’ on a giant screen in the Priory Centre with a special message to the people of Abergavenny; doors open at 2pm and the service starts at 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be served in the Priory Centre after the service.
For more details, see the Priory Centre blog.