Eleven new deacons were ordained by the Bishop of Chichester in his Cathedral Church on Saturday (30 June, 3:00 pm).
Family, friends and parish supporters came in great numbers to support the new deacons who will now go on to serve in parishes across East and West Sussex.
In his sermon, Bishop Martin preached of how it is the life and work of the deacon to “declare God’s love, reveals God’s glory and prepare the human race for the coming of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, a kingdom of justice, peace and abundance for all God’s people,” urging the new deacons to “nurture the evidence of this kingdom, the reality of which is seen in the utterly inclusive society of the Church, its sign and forerunner...a Church of intense compassion and sensitivity, that weeps for the hurts and griefs of others with the wounded heart of Christ himself'.
You can read the full sermon here.
Photos commemorating the day can be viewed on our Facebook page here
Please pray for the candidates and the parishes in which they will serve:
Deacons: Ian Edgar (West Tarring and Worthing); Jon Haines (All Saints’, Eastbourne); Tim Hiorns (All Saints’, Crowborough); Jez Lowries (St Leonard’s, Denton, with South Heighton and Tarring Neville); Danny Pegg (Stone Cross with North Langney); Angus Reid (All Saints’, Hove); Simon Shorey (The Point Church, Burgess Hill); Ben Sleep (St John’s Meads, Eastbourne); Lucy Sullivan (Rottingdean); Rebecca Tuck (St Mary the Virgin, in the Horsham Team Ministry); Martin Walker (St John the Baptist, Crawley).