Friends, family and local dignitaries filled Newport Cathedral on Saturday (7 July) to celebrate the creation of the new Archdeaconry of the Gwent Valley’s and the installation of the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington MBE as Archdeacon of the Gwent Valleys and Director of Mission.
The Venerable Sue described the occasion as ‘wonderful’ and said that she feels ‘truly welcomed to the Diocese of Monmouth’.
She added: “Thank you to Bishop Richard, Dean Lister, everyone at the Cathedral and Archdeacons Jonathan and Ambrose for their support and making the Service so special.
“I am very grateful and thankful to everyone who attended the Service, especially those who had travelled from all over Britain, and everyone who has been holding me in their prayers.
“I’m very much looking forward to getting know the people of the Valleys and the wider Diocese, as we seek to grow the Kingdom of God in south east Wales. “
Sue has already held several senior positions within the Church of England and was awarded a MBE in 2010 for her work in leading a multi-million pound community project at Cottingley, West Yorkshire.
Welcoming Sue, Bishop Richard, said: “It was a delight to welcome Sue into the Diocese at the Cathedral on Saturday. It was a historical event as we focussed upon the needs of the Valleys by the creation of its own Archdeaconry, the first time that this has occurred in nearly 100 years. As always, it is people who matter and Sue will bring her own considerable experience and generosity of heart to the work that she will do.”
The decision to create a third archdeaconry was ratified at the Diocesan Conference last October.
Speaking at the conference, Bishop Richard talked of something more ‘radical’ being needed to turn around the Diocese and to realign church in a different way that engages with communities and encourages New Church growth.
“We need mission and evangelism otherwise this Diocese will find it difficult to survive,” he warned.