Lay Ministers celebrated at Sheffield Cathedral

15th September 2018

46 adults were admitted or authorised to work as ‘Lay Ministers’ across the Diocese of Sheffield by the Bishop of Sheffield, Pete Wilcox on Saturday 15 September in a special service held at Sheffield Cathedral.  Nearly double the number admitted in 2017!
Lay Ministers offer their time and skills to enable the Church to worship and serve throughout the regions of South Yorkshire and the East Riding.  The service marks an important step on the journey of vocation for the church that will continue with further learning.
During the service, 19 people were awarded a certificate for completion of the Foundations for Ministry and Mission course.  This is a year-long course that helps people explore their call to ministry in the church.  The Bishop also admitted 8 people to begin their ministry as Readers, authorised 3 Pastoral Workers, 3 Youth Ministers, 5 Children’s Ministers, 3 Parish Evangelists, 1 Pioneer Minister and 4 Worship Leaders. 
The Celebration of Lay Ministries Service, which takes place once a year, sees friends, family, clergy and parishes proudly supporting their candidates.
Canon Dr Christine Gore, Director of Formation and Ministry at the Diocese of Sheffield, commented:
“This service of celebration is a very significant occasion for those being awarded certificates and being licensed, and it marks an important part in their journey in serving Christ and their local communities.  This is also a moment for them, their families and parishes to feel especially proud of their achievement, as all have completed an stretching course of training to get to this point. For some this will have been the first time they have studied at this level and I’m delighted that we have been able to celebrate their success".

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