KMEACC Good News – Revd Robert Faulkner made Vicar of St John Angell Town
The Collation and Induction of The Reverend Robert Faulkner at St John Angell Town on 18 July 2021 by Venerable Simon Gates, Archdeacon of Lambeth.
The service, which started at 10.30 am, was well attended with people spilling to the outside the church grounds, in the gazebos provided. The Servers led the procession to the service followed by the priests, who came to support Fr Robert on the special occasion.
Revd Caroline Clarke, the Area Dean for Lambeth North, gave an uplifting sermon (summary is below), and also presented Fr Robert to the Venerable Simon Gates for the Collation and Installation
The local MP, The Hon Helen Hayes who always supports the church, was in attendance and welcomed Fr Robert officially on the behalf of the community.
The Head Teacher for St John’s Primary school, Nicky Zeronian-Dalley, was also in attendance to formally welcome Fr Robert on the behalf of the school and also acknowledge his contribution to the spiritual health of the school.
The deputy chair of the PCC Clare Neely and the Wardens, Peter James Cobbold and Priscilla P Stephenson also formally welcome Fr Robert as their new vicar and promised to work with him in good faith and for the growth of the church. The church youth wardens Anu and Oluwakorede and church elder Joel Omishola also welcomed Fr Robert and gave their endorsement as the best choice for their church
The choir sang beautifully well with the trumpet and organ finely tuned, played Brothers and Sisters let me serve you, before the sermon and To God be the Glory after Holy Communion as well as other hymns to match the spirit of the occasion.
**Reception and celebration followed after the service in the courtyard with lots of various food items and drinks. St John’s community showcased their love of entertainment and cooking delicious West African and Caribbean meals.
The sermon was preached by Revd Caroline Clarke, Area Dean of Lambeth North, referring to the Gospel reading from Mark 6.
Jesus invited his disciples to “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.” All ministers need to take time away to rest, reflect, and spend time alone with God – particularly a new vicar! Rev Caroline encouraged Fr Robert to make time for that and told the congregation they should support him in doing so.
The Gospel reading told us that Jesus felt compassion for the people who had followed him and the disciples around the lake because they were “were like sheep without a shepherd”.
People need a shepherd to lead them, and Fr Robert had been called to be the shepherd of the people of St John’s Angell Town. He will be the leader, but all the congregation are called to share in the shepherding of the wider community.
Revd Caroline referred at the end to the reading from Ephesians 2 which refers to the Christian community being “built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God” – a place in which the community can find peace, healing, and transformation in their lives.
Written by: Sophia Jones