This year’s ordinations are going to be very different; coronavirus restrictions mean many of the friends, family and supporters of our 17 new deacons won’t be able to attend. Our one big joyful service will become four, intimate and poignant services in the Lady Chapel of Wells Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, a poor Wifi signal means the services can’t be streamed live from the Cathedral but they will be uploaded to the Bath and Wells Facebook page on Saturday and Sunday.
Our new priests will be priested in services at St Andrew’s in Burnham on Monday, St Cuthbert’s in Wells on Tuesday and St Swithin’s in Bath on Wednesday. Again due to poor WIFI at Burnham this service will be recorded and uploaded to the diocesan Facebook page on Monday. The services on Tuesday and Wednesday will be livestreamed via the same Facebook page.
Earlier in the year the new deacons were licenced as Lay Workers by Bishop Peter in a Zoom service as Covid restrictions prevented the planned ordinations taking place. Deacons who were due to be priested this year had their licenses extended in a special service.
And on 3 October ten new Readers will also be licenced at two socially distance services at the Bishop’s Palace.
Among this year’s #NewRevs are teachers, doctors, a nurse, a former Registrar and a historian. They bring diverse experiences in chaplaincy, social transformation, family and children’s work.
Suzy Kirkham worked as a volunteer on social transformation projects in Weston super Mare before becoming a full time Dispersed Learner. In Christchurch Clevedon where she is doing her curacy, Suzy’s main ministry is reaching out to the senior members of the congregation and the local community; to be a bridge between the Church and the local community. “God has given me a heart for the lost, the vulnerable and people on the margins, and the ministry I have been involved in, working with young people, addicts, the homeless and vulnerable women, has been really challenging at times, but also a real joy and a privilege. Seeing God transform their lives and being a small part of that has been wonderful.”
Former Registrar, Louise Bale will undertake a dual track curacy, serving in the Benefice of Taunton St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist and the Benefice of Taunton St Andrew and also as Assistant Chaplain at Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
Learn more about some of our #NewRevs and their journeys to ordination. As Bishop Ruth said to the new deacons and priests in her ‘charge’ at the ordination rehearsal this week, ‘the world has never needed their service and their commitment more’. Join us in praying for all our ordinands, new priests, and new Readers in the rich variety of their traditions and vocations.
- Chris Absolon to serve in the Benefice of Combe Down, Monkton Combe & South Stoke
- Philip Albrow to serve in the Isle Valley Benefice
- Andrew Avramenko to serve in the Benefice of Charlcombe with Bath St Stephen
- Louise Bale to serve in the Benefice of Taunton St Mary Magdalene & St John the Evangelist and the Benefice of Taunton St Andrew and also as Chaplain of Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
- Jan Church to serve in the Benefice of Cannington, Otterhampton with Combwich and Stockland
- Julian Davies to serve in Benefice of Timsbury with Priston, Camerton and Dunkerton
- Sam Healey to serve in The Isle of Wedmore Benefice
- Philip Hopper to serve in the Benefice of Pilton with Croscombe, North Wootton and Dinder
- Sue Hoskins to serve in the Benefice of Wrington with Redhill, Butcombe and Burrington
- Richard Kelley to serve in the Wellington and District Team Ministry
- Emma Kendall to serve in the Benefice of Milverton with Halse, Fitzhead and Ash Priors
- Suzanne Kirkham to serve in the Benefice of Christ Church, Clevedon
- Michele Kitto to serve in the Benefice of Glastonbury St John and St Benedict with Meare and also Chaplain of Millfield Preparatory School
- Thea Oliver to serve in the Benefice of Cheddar, Draycott and Rodney Stoke
- Shaula Reilly to serve in the Benefice of Saltford with Corston and Newton St Loe
- Jo Robinson to serve in Hardington Vale Benefice
- Dave Wilkie to serve in St James, Taunton
- Joanna Healey– Berrow and Brean
- Martin Collett – Dulverton with Brushford, Brompton Regis, Upton and Skilgate
- Anna Creedon – Camelot parishes
- Laura Downs – Portishead Team Ministry
- Katy Gough – Taunton St Andrew
- Tracey Hallett – South Quantock benefice
- Margaret Hayward – St Andrew’s Burnham and Weston Hospice
- Lucy Jordan – Wells St Cuthbert with Wookey Hole
- Jane Sutton – Alfred Jewel benefice
- Simon Taylor – Wembdon benefice
- Patrick Webb – Bleadon and Bournville
Nigel Williams – Keynsham Team Ministry
- Francesca Youings – Bath Walcot and Bath Spa University
Admitted and licensed:-
Diana Barsham – Shepton Mallet Deanery
Graham Finch – Portishead
Andrew Fraser – Peasedown St John with Wellow and Foxcote with Shoscombe
Caryl Plewes Preston – Plunknett
Jennifer Richards – Alham Vale
Ian Sharp – Bath St Saviours with Swainswick and Woolley
Peter Skett – Clevedon St Andrew and St Peter
Gerald Swayne – St Francis Bridgewater
Mary Udale-Smith – Bath Widcombe.