Reverend prepares to retire in spring

Jean Artley ps1139-16'Jean Artley Nafferton

Jean Artley ps1139-16'Jean Artley Nafferton

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Priest-in-Charge of Nafferton with Wansford, Rev Jean Artley, will retire from her position at the end of March.

The reverend, who has led the parish for eight-and-half-years has prepared for her departure saying: “My parish have known this was coming for two years. I feel it is the right time to let the parish get on with what we have already built together.”

66-year-old Rev Artley hopes to spend her retirement writing short stories.

Rev Artley said: “I have a lot of things I want to do in my retirement. I write a lot and I have not had the time to work on getting things published.

“I write short stories and children’s stories, some based on scriptures that I sometimes read in my sermons.”

Rev Artley will also focus on spending time with her sisters, nieces and 18-month-old great nephew and plans to live in Bridlington.

The reverend has spoken of her love for her parish saying: “I think they know how I feel about them, I love them dearly.

“When I first came I made two promises to myself and to God as well.

“One, that I would make sure that I did what I was called to do and hold the people of my parish in my heart - I hope that I have done that and I believe that I have.

“And two, that my parish would become stronger in their faith that they were when I arrived. I don’t know if I’ve achieved that but they know that and God knows that.”

Rev Artley also plans to return to the parish as a retired priest following some time spent relaxing.

Rev Brian Lees of Hutton Cranswick will take on the parishes of Nafferton and Wansford as part of his care as of April 1.

Rev Artley said: “The two parishes will be under Brian’s care. We don’t quite know how this will work as yet but Brian and I are working together to decide what would be best.

“By that I mean there are several ways in which parishes can work together and at the very least they will be working together.

“One of the ways in which this will work will be that after some relaxing I will be coming back as a retired priest, serving in the churches under Brian’s care, including this one, as a retired priest.

“I will certainly be back, I have two weddings in the summer.”

Rev Artley began her training part-time, while working in Durham in 1999 before taking up place as curate at the Priory Church in Bridlington in 2002 where she stayed for three years before moving to become Priest-in-Charge of Nafferton and Wansford.

Rev Artley’s position at the Priory Church, Bridlington, was taken up by her younger sister.

Jean’s farewell service will take place on Sunday 30 March at 10am at All Saints’ Church in Nafferton.

Rev Artley said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the parish for the wonderful time I have spent among you.

“My ministry has been a very happy one.

“In addition to our usual Sunday services, our Prayer Meeting and the Study and Fellowship Group shared with the Methodists, I have been delighted to conduct many baptisms and marriage services,and been privileged to be asked to lead funerals too.

“Finally, Nafferton has a wonderful reputation as a caring village with lots going on. I have never known anywhere like it. Long may it continue.”

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