A GROUP of new lay ministers have been appointed during a special service at Worcester Cathedral.
The Bishop of Dudley David Walker conducted the service admitting seven county people, including ministers for Kempsey, near Worcester, and Pershore, to the office of reader.
Readers are trained and licensed lay ministers in the Church of England.
They undergo a two-year training course before being admitted to the role after which they carry out a wide range of tasks within their parishes and beyond.
Paul Kemp, who was licensed to serve in Kempsey, said: “Combining full-time work with a demanding course has been challenging, but I have experienced a growing confidence that this is a ministry to which God has called me and I am looking forward to being able to serve Him and the communities of Kempsey and Severn Stoke.”
Peter Stansbie, who will serve in Pershore, said: “I have learnt so much through reader training. When I am leading services or preaching sermons or just talking to people, I feel much more confident in my ability to share my beliefs and to speak out knowing that God is with me.”
Bishop Walker said: “I welcome our new readers to a hugely demanding, but richly rewarding ministry. They will be active both inside the church and in leading the work of the church in their local communities.
“I know they will find it a great privilege.”