A second ministry area has been created in Bridgend as work forges ahead with 2020 Vision – the strategy for growth called for by the Church in Wales.
The benefice of Coity, Nolton and Brackla has been expanded to include the parish of Coychurch with the Rector Mike Komor being licensed as the Rector and the Revd’s Jayne Shaw and Pauline Smith as the Assistant Curates.
Called 2020 Vision, the strategy follows a wide-scale review of the Church in Wales which was commissioned to see how the Church could best serve Wales by the time it celebrates its centenary in 2020. At its heart are the creation of ‘Ministry Areas’ led by teams of clergy and lay people.
Mike, Jayne and Pauline were all licensed by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne, at St Crallo’s Church, Coychurch.
Bishop David said, “The licensing at Coychurch was more than a bit like a marriage between a vibrant, outward-looking church and a vibrant team of clergy, who will simply be extending their pastoral care in the Bridgend area. Team Rector, Mike Komor, I would trust with my life, a sympathetic, energetic and inspiring priest for whom nothing is ever too much trouble.
“Jayne Shaw, the Assistant Curate, has a similar empathatic quality, bringing all her skills as a home-maker and former chaplain in NHS Wales to bear, matched by the deepest desire to bring people to know the Christ who fires her faith and life.
“Pauline Smith, ordained less than two weeks ago in Llandaff Cathedral, is someone of the highest promise, with a vocation shaped by both joy and sorrow, a deeply human person who gives the sacrifice of attention and care to anyone who crosses her path.”
Mike, Jayne and Pauline succeed Canon Val Hamer who retired in November 2012.
“Ministry is a joy to be shared among God’s people and isn’t reserved just for those officially authorised, licensed or ordained – I would hope that as we get to know Coychurch and as they get to know us then we will discover skills, interests and talents that can be shared between the two parishes,” said Mike.
“I see this as being a mutually beneficial relationship for the two parishes that form the new Benefice. Each has things to offer the other, and together they have the potential to have a hugely positive impact on the communities they serve. That’s what we’ll be working together to do.
“Coychurch is very much part of Bridgend and so it makes sense to be linked with its neighbouring parish in this way.”
There are understood to be historical links between the medieval churches at Coychurch and Coity – so the ministry area grouping means history has come full circle.
After being ordained in 1986, Mike was Assistant Curate in Mountain Ash and then Llantwit Major for two-and-a-half years respectively before serving as vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Llantwit Major for a further nine years. He was vicar of Ewenny with St Brides Major for five years before being appointed Rector of Coity, Nolton and Brackla in 2005.
He was Area Dean for Bridgend from 2004 to 2010 and has been the Diocesan Webmaster and IT adviser since 2000 and Secretary to the Diocesan Conference since 2010.
Jayne has been the Assistant Curate in Coity, Nolton and Brackla since October 2012 – moving there from Tonyrefail and Gilfach Goch where she had been an Assistant Curate (Non-Stipendiary Minister) since 2008, following her ordination.
Jayne worked as a mental health chaplain for the Cwm Taf Local Health Board from 2003 until 2012, with her paid chaplaincy work running alongside her unpaid NSM work until October 2012 and her appointment as Assistant Curate in Coity, Nolton and Brackla.
Pauline Smith, a former shopworker from Ely, Cardiff, was ordained in June at Llandaff Cathedral and takes up her first curacy in Bridgend.
Another Bridgend parish – Laleston and Merthyr Mawr was extended to include Penyfai – creating a new larger ministry area at the end of last year. The addition of Coychurch to Coity, Nolton and Brackla means it is the second ministry area to be created in the Bridgend area within the last year.
Mike, Jayne and Pauline were all licensed at St Crallo’s Church on Thursday, July 3.
(left to right) Revd Pauline Smith, Lisa Spratt (church warden), Bishop David, Peter Craven (church warden), Revd Jayne Shaw and Rector Mike Komor (rear)
(left to right) Revd Pauline Smith, Rector Mike Komor and Revd Jayne Shaw