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New beginnings in ministry at Ely Cathedral

It was a privilege to be present last Sunday at Ely Cathedral  for the commissioning of 67 new authorised lay ministers in the Diocese of Ely.

Amongst them was  Nick  Gellatly from Little Paxton.

Having moved to Little Paxton five years ago from an active Perth  church, Nick Gellatly was  authorised by the Bishop of Huntingdon (the Rt Rev David Thomson) in a packed cathedral. Nick and the other ALM candidates were joined by 59 other lay people who were being re-authorised for varied supportive ministries.   Nick had completed a year’s training on Leading Worship in the Diocese’s  Accredited Lay Ministry programme.

What can a ALM do? Well, as mentioned above, 67 men and women were made ALMs and each will have studied a particular speciality – whether Music Ministers, Pastoral Assistants, Social Awareness Ministers, Youth Ministers, Children’s Ministers or Lay Pioneer Ministers. There was also training for people who are Parish Administrators. Nick decided to focus on worship leading, and now he can lead the ministry of the word at the Eucharist, take morning and evening prayer services and lead family worship.  We look forward to enjoying many years of ministry with him in our Benefice.

Nick outside cathedral

Nick with Benefice freinds outside Ely Cathedral

September 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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