38 new Lay Ministers have been authorised across the Diocese of Sheffield, in a ceremony led by the Bishop of Doncaster.
Peter Burrows led the special service at Sheffield Cathedral earlier this month which saw the individuals appointed.
Lay Ministers offer their time and skills to enable the Church to worship and serve throughout the regions of South Yorkshire and the East Riding. The service marks an important step on the journey of vocation for the church that will continue with further learning.
Lindsey-Jane Buxton, communications manager for the Diocese of Sheffield, said: “Sheffield Cathedral was full as the service started with a long procession around the outside of the Cathedral building, creating a spectacle for the city to be a part of.
“During the service, the Bishop Peter commissioned the Revd John Hibberd as the Warden of Parish Evangelists, and the Revd Canon Mark Wigglesworth as the Warden of Lay Pioneer Ministers. The Bishop also admitted 11 people to begin their ministry as Readers, authorised three Pastoral Workers, four Youth Ministers, seven Children’s Ministers, 11 Worship Leaders, one Parish Evangelist and four Lay Pioneer Ministers.”
Speaking at the service, Bishop Peter addressed the congregation, saying: “We are not called to just serve those within the church, but we are called to serve our communities. So as we rejoice and celebrate today I want to encourage each of you to see your ministry as that of the service of others.
“Ensure that we are a church that not only invites people to come to us, but that also goes out to the people.”
The Celebration of Lay Ministries Service, which takes place once a year, sees friends, family, clergy and parishes proudly supporting their candidates as they are appointed to their new roles.
Canon Dr Christine Gore, director of Formation and Ministry at the Diocese of Sheffield, added: “Today is the day we celebrate and acknowledge how important lay ministers are in the life of the church and its communities. We are grateful for all they do.”