A season of celebration and discernment
Our rector, the Rev. Tim Safford, announced this past spring that he would retire from Christ Church in March of 2022, and this fall and the upcoming winter hold celebrations of his impactful ministry at Christ Church. At the same time, building on work done in the past two years of strategic planning and assisted by the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Christ Church vestry is guiding internal preparations for the season ahead. The Interim Rector Search Committee received applications this fall and after careful discernment has narrowed down the finalists; interviews are anticipated in the new year.
The Transition Committee for the installed rector who will follow the interim has also begun its work. Its membership represents the range of demographics in the parish, and after the current rector leaves and in conjunction with the interim rector, the committee will begin work with the vestry and congregation on the Parish Profile. Recently, most of the vestry and committee members participated in antiracist training organized by the vestry's Social Justice and Antiracism Committee, toward encouraging and engaging as diverse a pool of candidates as possible.
From the Strategic Planning Committee: "One of the most important aspects of our parish's upcoming leadership transition is to pray that God will shepherd our community through the process. We encourage everyone to pray for God's guidance as our community enters this exciting phase. For those who prefer to pray on their own, here is a prayer to guide you that is also reprinted in our weekly bulletin. If you're interested in being part of a prayer group focusing on this prayer, please contact our office for more information:
God of love, in this season of change, we pray for our parish community, that we may be genuine in our self-reflection, vibrant in our commitment, patient in our discernment, loving in our communion, joyous in our celebrations, imaginative about our future, and daring in our faith. As we enter this time of change with excitement, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love. We thank you for the gifts, talents, and skills with which you continue to bless us. We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment. Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another. All this we pray, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. Amen."