The Revd James Treasure, curate in the Kidderminster West Team Ministry was ordained as a Priest by the Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher, at a special service at St John’s Church in Kidderminster on Sunday.

Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the Church year and so it is entirely appropriate that it was the day chosen to mark James’ new response to God’s call. James has been serving as a Deacon in Kidderminster since July. He has completed the first stage of his training in the parish and as a Priest will now be able to preside at Holy Communion.

Before training for ordination as a Church of England Priest, James was a leader in the Free Church tradition, most recently at Chawn Hill Church in Stourbridge. He said: “It’s been really interesting spending time in a different church tradition to the one that I’m used to and I’ve learnt that that they’re more similar than people often think! It’s been great to have the opportunity to get involved in the local community – going into schools and accompanying people on key moments in their lives at baptisms and funerals. I’ve also enjoyed attending a church which has a Eucharistic service each week and I’m looking forward to welcoming people to God’s table, helping them to receive Christ into their hearts, bodies and minds through communion. During the next six months of my curacy I’ll be helping the churches in our team to think about mission and how we might become growing churches.”

Bishop Graham said: "It was a delight to ordain James’ to be a Priest and enable him to recommit his life to God and the service of others. James already has considerable experience of leading churches. It’s great that he’s chosen to use that experience in the Church of England and he is already having a considerable impact on the churches in which he works.”

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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.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk