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7 February 2021: Farewell and HailComputer image of a priest standing at a lectern

Thanks to modern technology, our now former curate took part in services at two different churches today.

The first proved that I was wrong in thinking that the Sunday Special service he conducted last week was his last here. That was actually the communion service he recorded in our church during the week which was made available at 8 o’clock this morning. One of our fellow lay ministers preached. At the end of his sermon he expressed the parish’s thanks for all our curate had done during his 2½ years with us and wished him well for his future ministry.

That began at 4 o’clock this afternoon when he was formally licensed to his new parish via Zoom. There was a “congregation” of some 100 people, including members of our church and his new church and his parents-in-law, who logged in from Fiji. The service was led by our Area Bishop, who gave the homily.

During the licensing service the priest has to make various declarations, which he then signs and shows to the congregation. The bishop similarly signs the licence and shows it to the congregation. In both cases they held it up to their camera so we could all see it clearly.

After the formal service various members of the curate’s new church bade him welcome and some of us from his old church thanked him for what he had done and wished him well for the future.