Deaconings 2013

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undefinedThe Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, has ordained 12 people as deacon at Chester Cathedral. The deacons will now serve as curates. Their names and parishes follow. Please remember the newly-deaconed in your prayers.

Chris Blunt   Chester St Paul & Huntington St Luke
Luke Briggs   Stalybridge Holy Trinity
Jane Colley   Crewe All Saints and St Paul & Crewe St Peter
Chris Collins   Hartford St John the Baptist & Greenbank Christ Church
Paul Deakin   Bramhall St Michael & All Angels
James Durbin   Barnston Christ Church with Pensby St Michael
Barbara King   Christleton St James

William Marshall   Handforth, St Chad with Christ Church, Colshaw
Janet Owens   Stockport St Saviour
Jon Philips   Lache-cum-Saltney St Mark
Gareth Robinson   Marple serving GLO Church Offerton
Gareth Thomas   Chester St Paul & Huntington St Luke

As part of the ordination service Bishop Peter addressed the ordinands directly, asking them a series of questions.

Among those questions …

Do you accept the Holy Scripture as revealing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?

Do you believe the doctrine of the Christian faith as the Church of England has received it, and in your ministry will you expound and teach it?

Will you endeavour to fashion your own life and that of your household according to the way of Christ, who came not to be served but to serve?

Will you accept the discipline of this Church and give due respect to those in authority?

Writing in July’s Chester Diocesan News, Bishop Peter wrote: Ordination as a deacon is the basic act of ordination, and more important than subsequent ordination as a priest or bishop. We always remain deacons, called to serve the Church as a whole, and our ministries only having any meaning in relation to the Church as a whole.”

Affirming the importance of ordination as deacon - Bishop Peter