Credo Cymru is Forward in Faith Wales!

Earlier this year, the Provincial Council of Credo Cymru – Forward in Faith’s sister organization in Wales – took the momentous decision to remain Credo Cymru, whilst at the same time becoming Forward in Faith Wales. An agreement has been drawn up to bring the two organizations closer together, so as to ensure that our respective strengths can be placed at each other’s disposal as the struggle for an equitable settlement for all unable in conscience to accept the ordination of women as priests and bishops moves into its final phases.

Under the agreement, Bishop David Thomas, the Church in Wales Provincial Assistant Bishop, joins the English PEVs as a member of the Forward in Faith Council. In addition, two members of the Credo Cymru Council – one lay and one clerical – also take seats on the FiF Council. The first two so elected are Wendy Burdon, the Chairman of Credo Cymru, and Fr Alan Rabjohns, Vicar of St Saviour’s, Splott, in Cardiff, and Credo Cymru’s Treasurer. A member of Forward in Faith’s Council also takes a seat on the Credo Cymru’s Provincial Council – initially this will be Stephen Parkinson, Forward in Faith’s much-travelled Director.

Women Bishops and a Free Province: How

… is the title of a Teaching Day, which Fr Geoffrey Kirk (with assistance) is prepared to come and run in your part of the country. As the time of reckoning draws ever nearer, it is essential that we communicate to all our people just what women bishops in the Church of England will mean, and why Forward in Faith is so determined to ensure that adequate provision is made for the third of our Church who will in conscience be unable to accept such a change.

Fr Kirk has set aside a number of days in his diary this year when he will be available to visit groups of Forward in Faith members and sympathizers in order to address just these issues. His programme has but few requirements: first, it needs not less than 40 and not more than 100 participants; second, it must be open to both clergy and laity; and, last, it should be planned to run for four hours, including time for group discussion, but excluding breaks for lunch etc.

And so it is over to you! Discuss the matter in your parish, your diocese and your region, so as to open the event to the sort of numbers that are needed. Choose a suitable venue, with easy access by public transport and good parking for those who travel by car. Then, contact Fr Kirk direct on 020 8318 1295 in order to arrange a date and then advertise the event as widely in your area as possible. Finally, contact the Director at Gordon Square with all the details, so that they can appear both on this page (see below) and on the Forward in Faith International Website at

Women Bishops and a Free Province: Where

Fr Kirk’s Study Days have been arranged as follows:

Sunday, 6 July at 2.30pm – St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street, London EC4 (Tube: Blackfriars) Details: Fr Alan Griffin, (020) 7248 7546

Saturday, 12 July at 10.00 am – St Mary, Hunslet – Details: Fr Graham Sanders, (01274) 587896

Saturday, 2 August at 10.30 am – All Saints, Northampton – Details: Ken Briers, (01604) 648680 or David White, (01327) 361596

Saturday, 6 September at 10.30 am – St James, Oldham – Details: Fr Paul Plumpton, (0161) 633 4441 or (0161) 624 1534

Saturday, 13 September at 10.30 am – Central Methodist Church, St Saviour Gate, York – Details: Barry Taylor, (01904) 679822

Saturday, 27 September at 10.00 – Christ the King, Gordon Square, London WC1 – Details: Fr Malcolm Gray, (020) 8360 2947

Saturday, 11 October at 11.00am – Emmanuel, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield – Details: Fr Ronald Crane, (0121) 373 8348

Saturday, 25 October at 10.30 am – Staveley Church Community Centre, Church Street, Staveley, Chesterfield – Details: Fr William Butt, (01246) 472270

Saturday, 1 November at 10.00 – St Catherine’s, Burnley – Details: Fr Roger Parker (07977) 291166 (Please note change of date)

Saturday, 8 November at 10.30 am – The Ascension, Crownhill, Plymouth – Details: Fr Paul Hancock, (01752) 783617

Saturday, 15 November 2003 at 10.30am – St Barnabas, Crewe – Details: Fr Eric Lowe, (0151) 339 1468

Saturday, 22 November 2003 at 10.30am – St Mary Magdalene, Millfield, Sunderland – Details: Fr Beresford Skelton, (0191) 565 6318

Saturday, 6 December at 10.00am – St Michael, Cross Heath, Newcastle-under-Lyme – Details: Fr Neil Jamieson-Harvey, (01782) 617241

Forms of words for making a bequest to Forward in Faith in your Will

I GIVE to FORWARD IN FAITH of 2A The Cloisters Gordon Square London WC1H 0AG the sum of pounds (£ ) and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of Forward in Faith shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor


I GIVE the residue of my estate to FORWARD IN FAITH of 2A The Cloisters Gordon Square London WC1H 0AG and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of Forward in Faith shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor