It’s Archdeacon Janet!
Bishop Alan has appointed the Revd Janet Mackenzie, to be the next Archdeacon of Hertford, in succession to the Venerable Dr Trevor Jones, who retires this summer. Janet is currently the Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Luton, and Area Dean of Luton.
Following a career in education, Janet was ordained in St Albans Diocese in 2006 and served her curacy at St Swithun, Sandy. In 2010, she moved to St Augustine’s.
Bishop Alan said: ‘Janet is an experienced parish priest and is a pastorally and strategically effective minister. I am looking forward to working with her in her new role as Archdeacon of Hertford. She will be a member of my staff team and she will, I know, make a significant contribution to the diocesan vision, ‘Living God’s Love,’ through which we seek the spiritual and numerical growth of the church.’ Speaking about her appointment, Janet said: ‘I am looking forward to serving the people of East Hertfordshire in my new role with new responsibilities, but sad to be leaving the people of Luton who have supported and encouraged me as we have walked the way of faith together.’
Janet’s present position is overseen by the Bishop of Bedford, who commented: ‘Janet Mackenzie has provided visionary and wise leadership as both a parish priest and Area Dean in Luton. She is held in the highest regard by her colleagues. I am delighted that she is to be the next Archdeacon of Hertford and that she will continue to be a close colleague.’
It is expected that Janet will take up her new duties in September.
Renewing Living God’s Love: What will your parish celebrate?
As part of refreshing and renewing our diocese’s vision, ‘Living God’s Love,’ events in every Deanery this autumn will encourage us as we look to the future with one of our bishops. Watch this space for more details.
In preparation, we are asking parishes for examples from the last year or three of how you have Lived God’s Love in your parish with generosity and joy, imagination and courage. Where, for example, has there been an occasion or instance of ‘joy’ or ‘generosity’ or ‘imagination’ or ‘courage’ in transforming your community or making new disciples or going deeper into God? Why not reflect, pray and look back – and then celebrate the good things – big and small – that can so often get forgotten.
You might create a ‘celebration’ noticeboard or webpage – do people have photos to contribute? Perhaps there are some specific ‘thanksgivings’ you could include in the weekly intercessions? Perhaps you might even have a special ‘celebration’ focus in a service? The PCC might have ideas too and you will want to include people of all ages in celebrating. Let’s give thanks for how God has been working in and through us – and then be ready to share and encourage each other at our autumn events.