New Lay Ministers Arrive *Updated
Five new Licensed Lay Ministers were admitted and licensed at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday (6 October) by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam. The Bishop was assisted by the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, and the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings.
Lay Ministers from across the diocese attended and heard a lively sermon preached by the Bishop of Salisbury.
The Bishop quickly got to the point, asking: “In our preaching and conversation, above all in our actions, what do we have to say that is good news about love and the meaning of life, in times of joy and sorrow? How are we of, for or with the poor? What does it mean to be forgiven and to forgive and can we start again? What is eternal and lasts forever?”
He continued, “Nowadays our concern is that the child on their iPad knows so little of the Bible and the Christian faith. Like Tyndale, we ‘Open the Book’ to pass on the stories and kindle the faith but it is in community, in our relationships with one another that faith is caught and becomes passionate. What we believe matters: it shapes our characters, our values and our society.
“What is needed is prayerful imagination, and faithful courage to experiment and try what is new so that the Church may proclaim afresh the Christian faith in this generation. This is different to the institutional and organisational questions, but it is connected.”
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Lay ministers who had moved into the diocese within the last twelve months were also licensed and welcomed.
Following a reception in the cloisters and lunch in Sarum College, the Lay Ministers held their annual meeting with the Warden, the Bishop of Sherborne, and the visiting speaker, the Revd David Runcorn.
Event organiser Chrysogon Bamber said, “It’s always a joy to welcome new lay ministers, and this year’s service was very special as all three bishops were in attendance. Increasing numbers of lay ministers are being deployed in parishes, and it’s marvellous to have the full support of senior leadership as we move forward together.”
Lay Ministers are licensed to work alongside ordained colleagues in the parishes where they serve. In some cases, their ministry is rooted in the community or in the workplace rather than in the life of the local church.This year’s new Lay Ministers are:
Pam Clark, (North Poole Ecumenical Team), Alan McIntosh, (Chickerell with Fleet), Sarah Musgrave, (the Marlborough Team), Chris Stock, (the Savernake Team), Jane Williams, (Wool and East Stoke).
These lay ministers were also licensed and welcomed to the Diocese:
John and Mo Cheesman (Christ Church Warminster), Peter Wright (the Bridport Team), Wiebke Smith and Michael Keyte (Corfe Mullen).
Barry Hartley and Carenza Hayhoe have been welcomed to Portland.
Contact Canon Chrysogon Bamber: email@example.com