Bishop-elect Revd. Ruth Worsley will be consecrated a bishop on Tuesday 29 September in a special service held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The former Archdeacon of Wiltshire will become the Bishop of Taunton.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd. Justin Welby, will lead the ordination and consecration. Bishops, clergy and laity from Somerset, Wiltshire and beyond are expected to attend to share and witness the event.
Later in the week on Saturday 03 October, hundreds of well-wishers will gather at a special service of welcome held at Wells Cathedral. The service will be combined with the Reader Licensing service and is an open invitation to all. Clergy and laity from around the diocese plan to attend in support of Readers as well as the newly consecrated Bishop of Taunton as she formally begins her ministry in the diocese.
Speaking ahead of the service, the Venerable John Reed, Archdeacon of Taunton and Diocesan Warden of Readers says: “Nine new Readers are to be licensed this year. The service will be unique in the fact that the newly consecrated Bishop of Taunton, the Rt. Revd Ruth Worsley will be leading the service alongside our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Revd Peter Hancock. This will be a wonderful affirmation of the ministry of all of our Readers to whom we are grateful for the faithful and dedicated way they live out their vocation.
“It was thought by those who were tasked with the responsibility for creating the order of service for this occasion that it would be wonderful for our new Bishop to mark the beginning of her public ministry alongside those Readers who also begin the public phase of their ministry. It will be a celebration of all ministries – lay and ordained – and of our working together to promote the Kingdom values of God and the service of the church. What better way for Bishop Ruth to begin her ministry.”
All are welcome to the combined service of celebration of Reader ministry and service of welcome for the Rt. Revd. Ruth Worsley. It takes place at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 03 October 2015 at 2.00 pm.