New lay ministers gather at Doncaster Minster

Doncaster Minster
Doncaster Minster

The annual Celebration of Lay Ministries service takes place at Doncaster Minster tomorrow morning.

A total of 36 trained adults will be admitted or authorised by Rt Rev Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, to work in the Diocese of Sheffield.

Called ‘Lay Ministers’ because they are not clergy, they join a group of over 400 such volunteers working with the clergy and another 103 in training at the Sheffield School of Ministry.

They offer their time and skills to enable the Church to worship and serve throughout the regions of South Yorkshire and the East Riding.

A new warden of Readers, Imogen Clout, will be authorised by the Bishop and her predecessor Revd Canon Richard Parker will be thanked for his many years of service.

“They are a remarkable bunch of people,” said Canon John Thomson, Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield.

“They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Having shared between one and three years of training together, they learn not only how to undertake their roles, but also how to work with each other as part of the Diocesan Ministry Team.”