Thirty-seven people from across Sussex were commissioned at a special service in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 13 January, the first time the event has been held.
The candidates, from Anglican churches in the diocese of Chichester, will now form the largest group ever to be recognised for the completion of their studies - the culmination of skills-based training for Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM).
Authorised Lay Ministers share in the public ministry of the local church, as they serve their local parishes.
The Revd Jayne Prestwood, Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry, runs the lay ministry training programme. She said: “It was a wonderful service which sees the culmination of their studies and the start of their public ministry. Please pray for them as they return to their parishes newly equipped in either pastoral care or children's work".
“Authorised Lay Ministry is now recognised across the Church of England as a vibrant and growing expression of lay ministry. I am delighted that we will be expanding our ALM training programme in 2019 to provide flexible and affordable skills-based training in a variety of different ministries.”
You can find out more about training for Authorised Lay Ministry from the Diocese of Chichester website here: https://www.chichester.anglican.org/Authorised-La...
Those commissioned were:
Ali Brown St Mary's Barcombe
Alison Evans St Michael and All Angels Eastbourne
Eileen Lintill St Mary the Virgin Petworth
Graham Compton St John the Baptist, Westfield
Jenne Taylor St John the Evangelist, Upper St Leonards
Marisa Hayes St Mary the Virgin Parish Church Ringmer
Penny (Penelope) Blanch St Margaret of Antioch, Isfield
Phil (Philippa) Parsons The Church of the Holy Cross, Parish of Woodingdean
Susan Weston Kirdford with Plaistow
Victoria Barton St Michael and All Angels Eastbourne
Anna Bouch St Luke’s, Prestonville, Brighton
Brian Millar Parish of Sutton with Seaford
Caterina Brown Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate
David Jones Blacklands, Hastings
Dawn Archer St John the Baptist, Westfield
Debbie (Debra) Flint Arundel with Tortington
Den (Dennis) Mackey St Michael and All Angels, Lancing
Derek Moore Holy Innocents, Southwater
Elly McKay-Smith East Hoathly / United Benefice of Chiddingly with East Hoathly
Frances Flowerday All Saints, Patcham
Helen Summers St Nicholas Arundel
Ian Chisholm St John's, Meads
Jacqueline Marshall Broadwater Parish
James Askew United Benefice of Old Shoreham and Kingson Buci
Jeremy Archer St John the Baptist, Westfield
John Shepherd Heathfield Benefice
Joslyn Arnold Broadwater Parish
Maggie Courtnadge Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate
Maggie Teager Benefice of Laughton, Ripe & Chalvington
Maggie Williams Parish of All Saints, Findon Valley
Maggie Gibson St John's, Meads
Margaret Kowszum St John's, Meads
Olive Ridge All Saints, Patcham
Sandra Bentall St Clement and All Saints Hastings
Sue (Susan) Howes St Mary the Virgin Parish Church Ringmer
Susan Santos St Elisabeth’s Eastbourne
Timothy Worley Arundel with Tortington
The Diocese of Chichester serves the two English counties of East and West Sussex and the new city of Brighton and Hove.