On Saturday 3 October 9 Readers were licensed at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells. Covid restrictions meant that instead of one large celebration at Wells Cathedral with all their family and friends present, the Readers instead were licensed at two small and intimate services, with only a handful of family members present.
Mary Udale-Smith said that even though plans been changed, the service was still very moving:
‘It was really special, a really beautiful occasion and I felt God’s Holy Spirit really present in the Chapel.’
In all nine people were admitted and licensed as Readers by Bishop Ruth in the Bishop’s Chapel in Wells. “We’re just so delighted to have the new Readers and to have them come alongside the new deacons and priests at this time to bring hope, at a time when perhaps, hope feels in short supply. These are people who are going to pray, pastor and preach something of that love of God for His world, and we are so delighted to have them.”
Archdeacon Simon, Diocesan Warden of Readers, summed up the feeling of everyone on the day: “Rather a different service than the Cathedral full of Readers and others renewing their vows, but lovely in the intimacy to still pray for them and see them set off on this special journey.”
You can watch some films from the day, on the Diocesan Events and Celebrations Playlist on the Bath and Wells YouTube channel. You can also see more photos on our Facebook page, you don’t need a Facebook account to view them.
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.