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National Association of Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry

Celebration of Women’s Ministry Worcester Cathedral 4.00pm 11 June

This is a very special year of anniversaries for women’s ministry, most notably 50 years since female Readers were appointed, 30 years since women deacons were appointed and 25 years since the vote was taken for women’s ordination to the priesthood. The Diocese of Worcester is celebrating and giving thanks for all forms of women’s ministry lay and ordained in a Cathedral service on Sunday 11 June at 4pm

Canon Georgina Byrne will be officiating, Archdeacon the Ven  Nikki Groarke will be preaching, Bishop John will give a final blessing and the Revd Bev Jameson, Dean of Women’s Ministry will introduce the service and give some background to the anniversaries. The readings and prayers will involve Marj Stanton-Hyde (one of the first women ordained in the Diocese of Worcester) , Margaret Pye (a Reader of many years), Sarah Bardell (an ordinand about to being training in September) Fiona Carter (a Reader in training) and Sarah Maxfield-Phillips ( member of both the diocesan Youth Council and one of the diocesan reps on the Church of England’s national Youth Council). The girl choristers will be singing. 

This is a general celebration as many men have supported and continue to support women in ministry so this is also about fellowship and men and women supporting one another together. Bishop John has invited all clergy, readers and ALM’s male and female to join us on 11 June. However this service is open to anyone and all are welcome .