Kirk man leads ordinands retreat 2015


undefinedThe minister who's just served a year as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Very Revd John Chalmers (pictured) - will lead a retreat of those who are to be ordained deacon in our diocese.

Mr Chalmers, who’s due to step down as Moderator this month, will also preach at the ordination of our deacons to be held at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 5 July. At the retreat, to be held at Foxhill just before the ordination service, he will give reflections and lead worship.

Mr Chalmers follows in the ecumenical footsteps of the Rt Revd Brian Noble (Bishop-Emeritus of Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese) who lead a retreat for our ordinands for deaconing last year.

Mr Chalmers, whose older sister June had Down’s Syndrome, has spent many years supporting the work of the Scottish charity Enable, which combats discrimination and inequality and ensures that people who have learning disabilities are regarded as equal members of society. He believes that some of the greatest works of service are done by people who do not get enough affirmation or public recognition.

On completing his year as Moderator, Mr Chalmers will resume his duties as Principal Clerk of the General Assembly. From the early 1980s until 1995, he was a local minister in the Kirk, serving in West Dunbartonshire and in the West End of Edinburgh.

Those to be ordained as deacons are:
Simon Donohoe (Cheadle)
Matthew Guest (Christ Church Wharton) 
Gary Kennaugh (Lache cum Saltney) 
Robin Pye (Hale and Ashley)
Alasdair Rodgers (Bebington)
Laura Rhodes (Wilmslow) 
Lisa Redfern (Saint Alban Broadheath) 
Jennifer Dunlop (Dukinfield, Saint Mark)
Christine Buckley (St George, Poynton)
Mark Turner (Burton and Shotwick)
Virginia Gerearts (Davenham)
Bernard Moss (Odd Rode).