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Today is: Sunday 22nd, 2018

Announcement of Appointment of new Chaplain to St Alban’s CPH

Posted on Monday 26th February, 2018

Sunday 25th February, 2018 at 11.45

As Revd Ian said this morning, God can very often surprise us. St Alban’s is in for a surprise! A big change. But I am as certain as one can be, that we are now ready for it.

At this moment in St Paul’s Hampsted, in Birmingham, an announcement is being made that their Vicar is leaving them and moving to Copenhagen.

But going back 2½ months, on 5 December 6 people sat in the Diocese office  in London – Bishop David, Archdeacon Colin, Area Dean Nick, The Applications Officer – herself a priest, and the two elected parish representative – Nigel and I.

St Alban’s vacancy notice had attracted 8 formal applications, 4 candidates had been selected but at the last moment 2 had withdrawn. Rather than dropping the whole process, the Bishop decided we should interview the 2 candidates, both of whom he knew to be eminently employable.

After much serious consideration, in the end with full agreement we selected the person to be the next Chaplain in St Alban’s.

Rev. Smitha Prasadam

Her name is Smitha Prasadam – she is a woman, and by her own description she is a priest, theologian, apostle, evangelist and steward.

She was born in South India but has lived most of her life in Britain.
She writes:
“My love of God began in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh as a very young child at my grandmother’s feet where, as family and neighbourhood we gathered nightly on her verandah in the cool of the evening to feast on Scripture, prayer and fellowship in the Gospel. This came as naturally as breathing and permeates everything.”

In her application these words struck home to me:
“As Chaplain, I would be fully committed to offering pastoral care, revitalising discipleship, nurturing a mixed economy through championing the new and treasuring the traditional, offering strategic oversight in this new beginning for St Alban.
I would want to maintain its liberal, sacramental, liturgical and musical wealth. My mission and evangelism priority would be for people to encounter and engage with God’s narrative, loving action and healing touch; grounded in his word and guided by his Spirit – in partnership with signatories of the Porvoo Common Statement.”

And this is what Bishop David Hamid wrote to Nigel and me:
“Always with new appointments there is some nervousness, which is natural. It is also a process that God oversees ultimately, so as faithful servants we seek to do His will and trust in His care and guidance. 

Smitha is a sound priest with an excellent ministerial record and fulfils all the areas the parish indicated as essential, plus she brings a creative mind.  I also sensed a person who will be congenial and even fun to work with!

With all the talent in our Copenhagen parish, she will have excellent material in the congregation to work with, in building what is already an active and exciting parish, into one which may find further ways to deepen your rich tradition and bring even more and perhaps new blessings to the congregation, city and country.”

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I too am certain you will welcome our new chaplain with the warmth and openness you always show to newcomers, and that the next few years under her ministry will make the life of St Alban’s community exciting, interesting and and even more caring place in which to worship.

I know Chris has arranged for a parish lunch after her instalment – he and Nigel can tell you more about this in due course.

-Claire Clausen-
Parish Representative

 

For your  diary

Our new chaplain will be inducted on Saturday 16th of June.



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