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Getting the keys to the Golden Cap

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Feb, 2020 08:23 PM

The New Team Rector of the Golden Cap Team has been licensed, inducted and installed.

Getting the keys to the Golden Cap

Photo courtesy @bishsherborne on Twitter

The Revd Chris Martin, who was the Vicar of the Churches4All Mission Community, a group of 4 rural parishes in East Devon, has taken on the cure of souls of the 12 Dorset and Devon churches which make up the Golden Cap Benefice at the very far southwest of our Diocese.

Over 200 people gathered in St Andrew's Church in Charmouth on Monday night to welcome Chris and his wife Tina to the area and be part of the service led by Bishop Karen, including supporters from the dioceses of Exeter, Gloucester, and Bath and Wells.

Getting the keys to the Golden Cap- photo courtesy @venhilarydawson on Twitter

Photo courtesy @venhilarydawson on Twitter

Ever wondered how a Rector gets inducted and installed? Margaret Trafford from the Golden Cap Team explains:

"Chris was presented to Bishop Karen by one of our Patrons and then the service began.

"The next stage was to go to the font where Blossom Harvey spoke beautifully. Returning to the Chancel step, Chris was then presented with a Bible and then a Chalice.

"The licensing section of the service was next, with Chris affirming the Oaths. Bishop Karen read the Licence and then handed it to Chris.

"The Induction and Installation section of the service was taken by Archdeacon Penny, who led Chris and the Churchwardens towards the door where Chris was presented with a key to each church in the Benefice.

"Chris then rang the bell as a sign of the start of his ministry.

"Chris moved back to the Chancel where he was formally welcomed into the Golden Cap Benefice by the congregation and key members of the community.

"The evening flowed beautifully, all readings, the Sermon and welcomes were flawless and inspiring. The service ended with a time of fellowship and wonderful canapes and drinks supplied by a hard working catering team.

"A truly wonderful evening, and a big thank you to everyone who took part!"

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