New Vicar of Streatley: first licensing by Zoom conference
26th April 2020
The Revd Nigel Richards became the first priest in the diocese to be licensed via videoconference on 22nd April, when Bishop Alan licensed him as Vicar of Streatley and Chaplain to Keech Hospice.
Revd Nigel said:
“Despite this being the strangest of times, I’m absolutely delighted to have moved to St Margaret’s Streatley to be the new Priest-in-Charge and also the Chaplain at Keech Hospice. In fact, it’s a good time for us all to remember that Church isn’t actually closed, it’s just the buildings that are closed and God’s work still continues in exciting, new and creative ways.”
“For example, although people are respecting social distancing, I’ve had a fantastic welcome from parishioners and new colleagues through emails, Facebook, WhatsApp, texts and even traditional greeting cards. ”
“And so, in the spirit of this creative new thinking, it’s actually wholly appropriate that my Induction Service was carried out virtually via ‘Zoom’, with the Bishop and representatives coming together online. In fact, in any other circumstances, I would be delighted to be the first person in the diocese to have been licensed in such a way, as I always like things that are a bit different.”
“I’ve always been a fan of social media and seen the great potential in it, and I certainly feel it has much to offer, especially in these unusual times. I’ve been hosting online services, sharing news and posting reflections at my previous parish for many weeks now, and this will obviously continue at St Margaret’s. It was, of course, very strange that my final goodbye service in Windsor was carried out from my sitting room, and equally odd that the first official service in my new post will be carried out – on my own – from my dining room. But, in truth, this is the wise thing to do to stop the spread of this horrendous virus and even though we are apart, through faith and through the power of the internet, we are blessed to still be very much together. ”