Faith News (Including deacons ordained both home and away)

Newly ordained deacon Rickey Simpson-Gray was welcomed to the parish of St. Mary & St. Paul, Hemel Hempstead

Newly ordained deacon Rickey Simpson-Gray was welcomed to the parish of St. Mary & St. Paul, Hemel Hempstead

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Deacons ordained at St Albans Cathedral

A total of 17 deacons were ordained by the Right Rev Alan Smith, Bishop of St. Albans, in a service at St. Albans Cathedral on Sunday, June 29.

Among them was Emily Gent, a former pupil of Northchurch St. Mary’s, Bridgewater and Ashlyns Schools.

Emily went on to study at Canterbury Christ Church University where she gained a history degree, before going to St. Stephen’s House Theological College University of Oxford to gain her theology degree.

Emily was a member of St. Mary’s Church Northchurch before she left the town to further her education.

She has now taken up her first appointment as Curate at St. Michael’s Church, Bishops Stortford.

On Sunday, July 6, another deacon ordained on the same day was welcomed to the parish of St. Mary & St. Paul, Hemel Hempstead.

Rickey Simpson-Gray attended a lunch given by the parishioners at St. Paul’s Church , Highfield. The bring-and-share lunch was attended by people from both churches as well as the clergy who serve the parish.

On weekdays Rickey is an accountant and on Sundays Rickey will be working as an ordained minister at either St. Mary’s or St. Paul’s.

Former Hemel Hempstead church minister ordained

Pastor Daniel Thompson, the former minister at the Hemel Hempstead Seventh Day Adventist Church has finally achieved his aim of becoming a fully-qualified church minister at a recent Ordination Service held in Prestatyn on June 28.

A special appearance by the denomination’s world church leader, US-based Pastor Ted Wilson, who had been attending committee meetings in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, added a special dimension to the day.

Pastor Wilson prayeda special prayer of ordination whilst his wife, Nancy, later spoke to the candidates’wives welcoming them to a ‘new adventure’.

Pastor Thompson has been working as an Adventist minister since his graduation in 2009 and is currently the pastor responsible for the Adventist churches in Bournemouth and Dorchester. Previously he was responsible for several small churches in his native Hertfordshire including Hemel Hempstead and in Central London following his graduation from the denomination’s college situated near Bracknell in Berkshire.

Following the ordination service, Daniel and Hillary said: “The most meaningful part of the service was recollecting the care and kindness of friends and colleagues we’ve met along the way and their recognition of our hard work in ministry.”

They added: “The event was refreshing and felt like a recommitment service, blessing us in our continued life of service.”

On the weekend following his ordination Daniel enjoyed the privilege of baptising his niece, Estée Vitry.

Christian Viewpoint

Sahara, the biggest desert in the world, right? Central is a town, Bilma, hundreds of miles from the sea. Bilma has a lighthouse. It used to guide travellers in from the Tenere, pronounced ‘ten-ur-ray’. The Tenere is a huge sand sea. Sighting this lighthouse after weeks of travel in this waterless, trackless wasteland must have been wonderful. Psalm 119, verse 105 says: “Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path”. For Christians, God’s Word, the Bible is a guide through life. In it, God tells us he loves us, me, you, and all humankind.

Robin McEwen Methodist Church




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