I write to let you know that, with regret, the August meeting of Presbytery Council accepted the resignation of Rev. Barry Ayers as Moderator of Alpine Presbytery. Barry’s decision comes after considerable prayer and discernment and, despite our regret at losing his leadership in this space, we pray that he and Clare would continue to know God’s peace and presence in the post-Moderator phase. As a diligent and much valued servant of our Presbytery over many years, we are enormously grateful to him and Clare for everything they have contributed to the life of Alpine Presbytery. Barry wishes to relay his appreciation to Council and the whole Presbytery for inviting him to serve as Moderator over the past year.
Barry’s resignation takes effect in early October after GA this year (in whatever form that now takes). Council is presently preparing a proposal for Presbytery’s endorsement of an acting Moderator. Nominations for a new Alpine Presbytery Moderator will be sought and voted on later in the year, as is our usual practice, and the new person will be inducted at the Gathering currently scheduled for March 2022.
Yours in Christ,Andrew Nicol (Deputy Moderator)