The Bishop of Chichester’s Sermon at the Ordination of Deacons 2017 can be read here
A Gallery of images taken at the Ordination of Deacons 2017 can be viewed here .
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner ordained twelve women and men as deacon to serve in parishes across Sussex at a special service in Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 1 July.
Deacons assist priests in parishes, usually for a year, before going on to be ordained as priest. They assist in leading worship, offering pastoral care and gain valuable experience of preaching.
They were supported on the day by family, friends and parishioners from the parishes in which they will serve.
“We are praying for each of them and I know that each of the communities in which they will serve will warmly welcome them and their families at the start of their public ministries,” said Bishop Martin.
The newly ordained deacons and parishes in which they serve:
Nicholas Archer Eastbourne, St Saviour
Jane Bartlett Shoreham
Tim Bell Hastings, Holy Trinity
Sam Carter Eastbourne All Souls
Colin Cox Findon, Clapham and Patching
Steve Mills Preston Park St John
Harriet Neale-Stevens Henfield St Peter Isaac Pain Burgess Hill St Andrew
Jess Reid Brighton, St Nicholas
Richard Tuset Sidley All Saints
Jeff Tutton Ore Christ Church
Martha Weatherill Chichester St Paul