A huge welcome to the Reverend Jo Musson and her family as she takes up the post
of Priest in Charge, St John Baptist, Claines and also St George’s, Barbourne.
Jo was licensed and installed by Bishop David, at a packed Claines Church on Sunday
3rd March, which was also her birthday. Jo was supported by her new parishioners
of Claines and St George’s but also by a large group of well-wishers from her previous
post as Curate of an ecumenical partnership at “The Bridge” Redditch. You can see
photographs from the service and the following celebration at St George’s below.
Jo, her husband Adrian and younger daughter Claudia have moved into a house in York Place, Barbourne, pending some alterations to the Claines Vicarage where they will eventually live. Jo and Adrian also have two older daughters Holly and Jessamy, who are both expecting babies at Easter, so it is an exciting year for them all. When Jo became a Reader, she had the privilege of working as Bishop’s Adviser for Children’s Ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham, where during six years she worked for three different Bishops, including the now Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. We warmly welcome Jo, Adrian and their family and hope that they will find their time in Claines and St George’s a spiritual, enjoyable, and rewarding one.
Churchwarden Phil Kear welcomes Jo
The Licensing and Installation of Reverend Jo Musson
Reverend Jo Musson with Bishop David at her licensing at Claines
A Message from Jo
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved at the Licensing Service and Reception last Sunday. What a wonderfully joyous occasion it was! A real tribute to all four Wardens and the teams from both Claines and St George’s who clearly worked so hard to ensure everything went smoothly. I have received many comments from the group from The Bridge and my friends and family about how welcome they were made and what a wonderful buffet there was at the Reception. They also complimented the boys and girls who spoke and read, and the bell ringing – not mine I hasten to add but the ringing before the service. Thanks too to those who did the flowers which were so skilfully appropriate for Lent, and those who did the gardening in the churchyard and also to the choir and organist for their wonderful musical contribution. I know only too well how much work goes on behind the scenes before and after events like this, so thank you to those who moved chairs, prepared food, washed up, swept floors and to anyone else who was involved in any other way. It was a real witness to the vibrancy and dedication of our two churches and a sign of fruitfulness if ever there was one! I would also like to say thank you for the many cards and gifts I received. The photograph of the two churches from both Mother’s Unions is stunning and already in pride of place, and the Birthday cake was both beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. I’d also like to thank the residents of St George’s Close for their flowers. All in all a truly memorable experience I shall never forget. Once again can I especially thank Rachel, Phil, Janet and Ian for masterminding the whole event. Thank you, Rev Jo.