The following announcement was made in all acts of worship this morning:
Following a process of discernment, prayer and interviews, Revd Jim Bridgman has been invited by Bishop Mark to take up the post of Rector of Tarporley in the Chester Archdeaconry. Jim has accepted this invitation, which is subject to the completion of legal formalities. This means that in the coming months, probably over the summer, Jim and Jenny, Ben, Caitlin and Emily, will be moving from Timperley to begin a new season of life and ministry in Tarporley. Jenny will continue her part-time role at Church House, while studying for a Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology at Chester University, exploring other opportunities for ministry as they arise.
We know this news may come as a shock. We are confident of God's guidance in this new season and we are excited about the new opportunities it presents. However, Timperley has been more than a home to us - the place where we formed as a family - and we are still coming to terms with the prospect of saying goodbye to the many dear friends we have known here. There will be new and exciting opportunities for Timperley Parish in the months ahead, and we are confident that God will continue to guide and shape ministry here beyond our time.
However, we are not leaving yet, there is work still to be done, and we look forward to continuing that work in the weeks ahead as we continue to partner with you in ministry here. Thank you for your prayers.
Jim and Jenny