New Deacons will serve communities across Hampshire and Dorset
The five women and two men, ranging in age from 39 to 61, bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Winchester. Between them, they have worked in a wide range of sectors, including law, marketing and teaching, before responding to God’s call to serve their local communities as Christian leaders.
The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, presided over the service as the candidates were ordained to the office of deacon, following two to three years of training. Deacons have a special role within the Church, often understood as the role of a servant as they take on a particular responsibility to serve the community and reach out to those in need. Deacons will normally go on to be ordained as a priest a year later.
The seven new deacons will be working in churches across Hampshire and Dorset, leading public worship and serving their local areas in schools, hospitals and prisons, and by working in partnership with community groups to bring about social renewal and transformation. Between them, they will take responsibility for contributing towards the work of the Church in the Diocese of Winchester.
Bishop Tim said:
“I am delighted to have ordained these seven new members of the clergy this weekend. Deacons lead by example, expressing Jesus’ love for the world through their prophetic service. Each of them is joining the Diocesan team of clergy at an exciting time as we continue to grow mission in our Diocese – reaching out into every corner of our local communities to share our faith and work together with others for the common good. I look forward to working closely with all of them over the coming years.”
To see a gallery of photographs from the ordinations see here.