New LLMs to be licensed this weekend
This year's LLM Licensing Service takes place at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 21 September at 10.30am.
This is a joyful occasion to which candidates are encouraged to invite their family and friends and members of their local church.
The Church of England licences Lay Ministers to work with ordained ministers to encourage the church and to ensure that the church is continually looking outwards and engaging with its community and the wider world.
At their licensing, candidates make various promises, are blessed by the Bishop and welcomed by their supporters as new Licensed Lay Ministers. LLMs receive a formal ‘Licence’ which details their new role and responsibilities as a ‘Reader’ in the Church of England.
Meet our new LLMs
Chris retired after many years as the head teacher at Wheatfield Primary School, Bradley Stoke. She loved the sense of family and community that she fostered within the school setting. She continues to be involved with education through the diocese and worships at St Martin’s Church, Knowle.
“This is the culmination of many years exploring God’s call on my life. I’m excited about the next part of the journey, as I become part of the Ministry Team at St. Martin’s and seek to live out my calling, serving God and sharing His love with others.”
Kevin worships at Christ Church, Old Town and works as a nurse working with vulnerable people in long term care. He has a passion for those who are on the edge of society and for helping the church to engage with people with mental health issues. He balances work, studies, church and family life..
“With the completion of written and practical challenges, aided by the staff and fellows on the journey, I look forward to the challenges of parish life, that I may share the love revealed to me, and continue to learn and spread the Word.”
Deb worships at Christ the Servant, Stockwood and works in the Radiology department at the Bristol Children’s Hospital where she has strong links with the chaplaincy. She has three children and two grandchildren.
“Licensing is the next step along the journey into ministry.The study and training have enabled me to value my calling in the workplace.I’m excited to develop and grow in ministry that looks and reaches outward from the church to reflect the light and love of Christ.”
Pauline lives and worships in Ashton Keynes and is married with grown up children. Until recently she combined teaching piano with the role of parish administrator in the Upper Thames Group of Churches. She is very creative and uses her gifts to enrich the life of the congregations across the group.
“This marks the completion of three years’ study in the company of some AMAZING people …. and now a return to my parish for a new adventure, a fresh way of serving my church, my community, my God.”
Val worships at St Peter’s Church in the Winterbourne Down and Frampton Benefice. She is married with grown up children. Alongside her studies to become an LLM she is also reading for a degree in Arts and Humanities, with Creative Writing and Religious Studies
“It is a milestone along my pathway to ministry; a signpost towards the next part of my journey and equips me to serve my church and community with love from a Christ centred perspective.”
Julia is married to Nick who will be starting his Formation Training in October 2019 with the expectation of becoming an LLM in 2020. She runs her own painting and decorating business alongside her church and family commitments. She is a member of St Paul’s Church in the Greenways Benefice in Chippenham.
“My licensing marks the end of a long journey of training to get to this point, and the start of another adventure ahead.I’m excited to be serving the church in this ministry, and I look forward to seeing what lies on the path before me!”
Angela worships as part of the West Swindon Ecumenical Partnership. She has a PhD in Biotechnology and is a lecturer and programme leader in A-Level Biology at New College, Swindon FE College.
“It is exciting to be taking the next step, and the opportunities to love and serve my church and community.I hope and pray that together we can increasingly know the love and truth of Christ, and so discover our purpose and identity.I am deeply grateful to my family for their encouragement to follow this path of Lay Ministry.”
Simon is a Space Engineering Services Team Manager who worships at St Luke’s Church, Brislington. He also has considerable skills in hair dressing. He has been chairman of St Luke’s Amateur Dramatic Group of 22 years before stepping down to concentrate on his LLM training.
“It is the culmination of one journey with the Lord and the beginning or an even greater one.”