On Tuesday 30th June, St. Giles Church hosted the Licensing and Installation of the new Priest in Charge for the two parishes of St. Giles and St. Margaret’s. The Licensing was done by the new Bishop of Hertford, the right Reverend Dr. Michael Beasley, and the Installation by the Archdeacon of Hertford, the Venerable Dr. Trevor Jones. In addition there was another Archdeacon, an Assistant Dean, four Canons, nine Priests and two Readers, as well as the Mayor of Hertsmere and the Chair of the South Mimms Parish Council. It was a lovely and a grand occasion for the two villages.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in the Rev. Karen’s Installation as Priest in Charge in St Giles Church (30th June) on such a warm summer evening. It was good to see the church full with invited guests and villagers. The ‘enlarged choir’ led by Val Jones made a wonderful contribution on such a special occasion. Singers came from most of the churches in Potters Bar. Bishop Michael’s sermon held the attention of everybody with his enthusiastic opening quote of Maggie Smith’s line ‘Try to blend in’ from the film, Sister Act. (So much so that I have bought the DVD). After much planning, a hard working cleaning party and a ‘voluntary catering team’, St Giles looked splendid with floral arrangements, polished pews and a buffet and bar laid out. After the service everyone joined in the celebrations and enjoyed the buffet and the odd glass of wine as well as catching up with friends – a wonderful evening to remember as we welcome Karen as she begins her Ministry in South Mymms and Ridge: we wish her well.”

Margaret Jack

“It was an honour and privilege on behalf of the South Mimms Parish Council to welcome Karen Turner to our village as the new vicar. Mick and I found the ceremony most interesting.”

Yvonne Harverson

“Representing St Margaret’s church as Churchwarden at the recent installation of Karen Turner was a great honour for me. It was, though, sad that Joan Badger could not also be there due to illness. The evening was a great success and with help from William and Mark from St Giles I managed to fulfil my role, without too many problems despite the heat and a few nerves! Both churches were well represented and gave Karen a very warm welcome.”

“A moving and thought provoking Installation Ceremony, a relaxed sermon from the Bishop of Hertford, lovely music, beautiful Church, friendly congregation and excellent refreshments – a perfect evening!”
Val Goalen

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Karen Turner to St Giles in the role of Priest-in-charge. I very much look forward to working closely with her forging, even stronger links between our school and the church. The service was very uplifting, lead by the Bishop of Hertford, and involved many members of the church community including our St Giles school ambassadors, Harvey and Monee, who performed their duties during the service with confidence and aplomb! The marvellous refreshments also went down very well with all who attended. Well done all!” 

Sue Ridge, Headteacher, St. Giles School

“We must say how delightful and joyous we found the service for the Rev. Karen’s Installation Service on 30th. June. The choice of hymns and music together with the language used were most appropriate. Congratulations to all who organised the service not least to William Marsterson & Mark Edwards who kept the parish going during the vacancy. It was a shame that Joan Badger was unwell and unable to witness such a good occasion.”

Liz & Chas Nethercott

“On June 30th 2015 we went to church to welcome the new priest-in-charge, Karen Turner, to St. Giles. Monee presented the Bible to Karen and Harvey read during the service. Although Harvey felt nervous, he read clearly and confidently and we were both excited and very proud to be a part of such an important and special event.”

Monee and Harvey, School Ambassadors

“The Installation Service was excellent and very well planned – and it was very inspiring. The Bishop of Hertford gave such a thought provoking sermon and it was also very amusing at times. I really enjoyed listening to the anthem sung by the choir – superb. A very warm welcome to Karen from us all. Well done everyone!”

Pat Legerton