New lay ministers commissioned


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    Lichfield Diocese News
    Date
    9 Sep 2019
    Author
    Pete Bate
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    The Bishop of Lichfield commissioned 17 people from across the Midlands as lay ministers in Lichfield Diocese on Saturday.

    The new ministers were admitted to office by The Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave at a special service at Lichfield Cathedral. They will take up new roles as Readers and Lay Funeral Ministers in various parts of the Diocese which covers Staffordshire, northern Shropshire and the Black Country.

    Readers are lay people who have been selected, trained and licensed to preach, teach and lead worship in their local parish or as chaplains. Two of the new Readers, Judith Drury and Jeannine Le Long-McKean, also received a licence to be chaplains - Judith as a prison chaplain and Jeannine as a hospital chaplain - in the Shrewsbury Episcopal Area.

    Dr David Allen, Academic Dean at and Tutor in New Testament Studies at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham where many of those commissioned were trained, preached at the service. He talked from St Paul’s first letter to Timothy about how Readers are far much more than “substitute teachers” for Vicars and how their actions, speech and the way they do things really matters.


    Dr David Allen

    Bishop Michael reminded the candidates that lay ministry is a distinct vocation which greatly enriches the life of the church and the growth of the kingdom of God.

    He said: “I am delighted to admit these 17 lay people into new areas of ministry. It is always a joy to see people committed to preaching the Word of God and serving the kingdom in their own contexts, reflecting the richness and variety of their communities. I am particularly pleased that there are two new lay chaplains being licensed. This reflects a real commitment on the part of the diocese to recognise and support the invaluable work of chaplaincy in our hospitals and prisons as well as in many spheres.”

    Photos from Saturday’s service can be viewed here

    Lichfield Diocese has a strong history of supporting and equipping lay ministry. This month sees the launch of a new look Reader-training programme, working with colleagues at the Queen’s Foundation.

    Learn more about vocation here or email helen.scheven@lichfield.anglican.org

    The service inside the cathedral

    Those licensed were:

    Wolverhampton Episcopal Area

    Terry Braithwaite to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Wednesfield

    Geoffrey Ian Goodson to be licensed as a Lay Funeral Minister in West Bromwich Deanery

    Lisa Jane Hardy to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of The Peel Parishes

    Darren John James to be licensed as a Lay Funeral Minister in West Bromwich Deanery

    Alan Myatt to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Streetly

    Stafford Episcopal Area

    Jean Ainsworth to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Betley and Madeley

    Nicola Jane Beasley to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Cotes Heath and Standon and Swynnerton and Tittensor

    Karen Jayne Fearn to be licensed as a Reader in the benefices of Burton St Chad and Stretton with Claymills

    Alan Geoffrey Lowe to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Cotes Heath and Standon and Swynnerton and Tittensor

    Gillian Ann McKenzie to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Cotes Heath and Standon and Swynnerton and Tittensor

    Shewsbury Episcopal Area

    Judith Blodwen Drury to be admitted to the office of Reader in the benefice of Meole Brace with a license to exercise prison chaplaincy

    Jeannine Katherine Le Long-McKean to be admitted to the office of Reader in the benefice of Wellington All Saints with Eyton (St Catherine’s) with a license to exercise hospital chaplaincy

    Huw Rhys Morris to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of the Deanery of Wrockwardine

    Sandra Price to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Newport with Longford and Chetwynd

    Barnaby Reeve to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Cheswardine, Childs Ercall, Hales, Hinstock, Sambrook and Stoke on Tern

    Robert William Richards to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of Cheswardine, Childs Ercall, Hales, Hinstock, Sambrook and Stoke on Tern

    Valerie Susan Thompson to be licensed as a Reader in the benefice of St Martin’s and Weston Rhyn