New Chaplain Won’t Shy Away From Island Issues
Scilly’s new Chaplain says he won’t shy away from speaking out and sharing his views on important issues affecting the islands.
Canon Perran Gay says he’s looking forward to talking to islanders about their concerns over subjects such as transport.
Perran was officially installed in a service at the Parish Church on Saturday.
He takes over as the islands’ Anglican clergyman from Paul Miller, who left Scilly in September to retire to Kent.
The Bishop of St Germans, Chris Goldsmith, officiated at the ceremony.
Chris says Perran is keen to work with other denominations in Scilly and he was was pleased that all the churches were represented on Saturday.
Rev Steve Wild, the most senior figure in the Methodist Church in England and a frequent visitor to the islands also took part in the celebration.
Perran was previously a Methodist and he wants the Church of England and the Methodist Church on the islands to work together more closely.
Canon Gay says he knows Scilly well from previous visits and feels he had a calling to take on the role.
He’s looking forward to exploring what it means for the Five Islands School to be a church school, when it is the only school in the community, and he says it presents a unique opportunity to talk to the islands children in one place.
He’s also keen to make sure off-islanders feel equally included in parish events too.
Perran hasn’t agreed to serve here for a set amount of time but says he doesn’t have any plans for it to be short.
He’s moved to Scilly with his wife Rainy who has given up work as a psychiatric nurse because of the move.
Perran says the couple will share some of the work and ministry and they’re looking forward to spending more time together, which will be another new experience for him.