New Lay Ministers Licensed17 Sep 2016 By Sam Setchell
Two people from across the Diocese were admitted to the office of Reader on Saturday in Worcester Cathedral.
Bishop John conducted the service, licensing two people as lay ministers in the parishes in which they have been called to serve.
Readers are trained and licensed lay ministers in the Church of England authorised in particular to exercise a ministry of preaching and teaching. They undergo a two year training course before being admitted to the role, after which they carry out a wide range of tasks within their parishes and beyond, especially helping others to reflect on their faith and how it relates to their daily lives.
Those admitted and licensed were:
- Andy Green from St Egwin, Norton and Lenchwick, which is in a combined benefice with All Saints, Evesham and Chaplain to Evesham and Pershore Hospitals.
- Andy Hewines from Blakedown with Churchill and Broome
Bishop John said:
“Lay Ministers play a very important role in our churches, sharing their faith with others and serving them in God's name. I was delighted to be able to license the two Andys to this very important role and also to help celebrate this special anniversary.”
This year’s service also marked the 150th anniversary of Reader ministry. Existing Lay Ministers were present to renew their promises alongside the newly licenced and it will be a celebration of the Ministry of the Word. Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBE preached at the service. Dr Baxter is a former lay Chair of General Synod, the former Principal of St. John’s College, Nottingham and is also a Reader herself.
Quotes from the Candidates:
Six years ago I became aware that I was being called to serve in public ministry and in answer to that call undertook an Authorised Lay Ministry Course through Worcester Diocese. I realised subsequently that my Calling was asking for more and felt a need to respond further. After a period of discernment I was selected for training as a Licensed Lay Ministry and commenced studies at Queens Theological College, Birmingham.
The Course has proved challenging but extremely rewarding and the day of my Licensing at the Cathedral will be very special indeed especially as we celebrate 150 years of Licensed Lay Ministry. My ministry has grown throughout this period and I am now employed in a professional capacity as healthcare chaplain at Evesham and Pershore Community Hospitals. This is a tremendous privilege and my appointment as a Licensed Lay Minister will enhance my chaplaincy role.
I look forward to serving my community and supporting my clergy colleagues and would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have supported and encouraged me in all I have done.
I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to follow my calling tobe a Licensed Lay Minister. The fabulous training that I have received, both from Queen’s College and the Diocese, will help me enormously to continue my faith journey and equip me all the better for the task ahead.
Queen’s College, the students, and the lecturers have been great. Working with so many different people, especially those from different traditions: Methodists, Pentecostals etc. has been particularly inspirational.
I have really enjoyed, and appreciated, the fellowship of all those people that have been such an important part of my journey over the last two years, whether at college, in the Diocese or in in my home parish.
As well as being involved in parish ministry I’m very much looking forward to using my new found knowledge, and confidence, to meet people wherever they happen to be and to help them on their journey.
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.
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