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National Association of Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry

2017 – An Abundance of Anniversaries for Women

50 years since female lay readers were appointed

30 years since women deacons were ordained in the CofE

100 years since Maude Royden became assistant preacher at the City Temple in London, being thus the first woman to occupy this office.

100 years since Constance Coltman became the first women minister ordained in the UK (congregational minister)

21 years since WATCH was formed

25 years since the vote was taken for women’s ordination to the priesthood


Help us mark these anniversaries together by inviting women to preach in as many churches as possible on

 Sunday, July 16th 

God of all humanity,

we give thanks for all Christian feminist pioneers.

We rejoice in their successes and gallant failures,

in their willingness to take risks, and to seek to use their gifts.

Grant that we too may be empowered by your love,

that we may play our full part in the great adventure of life and faith,

In the name of Jesus, who gave up his life so that we might all be free, Amen