News and events Stories Marking new beginnings in ministry with prayer The easing of lockdown gave the chance to welcome some new colleagues to the diocese, and also for some familiar faces to move to new parishes after services had had to be delayed. The services of institution and induction were unfortunately a reminder of the past when such legal requirements were largely private in nature. Most parishioners would take no part in the ceremonies and would welcome their new vicar on the first Sunday. While it was necessary to restrict numbers for social distancing requirements and public health reasons, the bishops wanted to ensure that the new incumbents were able to be inducted in their new churches with prayer so as to be able to be a sign and symbol of prayer to the community in a challenging time. The bishops anticipate there will be the chance for services of welcome in the future in the parishes. Two new incumbents were welcomed to the diocese in Stamford and Market Deeping. The Revd Neil Shaw was to be inducted as the Rector of the Benefice of Stamford All Saints in the first week of lockdown. However, the lockdown meant that he was licensed back in his parish in Chichester, were he was Assistant Curate. He is now pleased to be in post and is looking forward to enjoying some of the hospitality from the restaurants and pubs in Stamford. The Revd Georgina Holding (pictured above), who was Team Vicar of Brereton and Rugeley with Armitage in the Diocese of Lichfield, is now Rector of the Benefice of Market Deeping, and was licensed at the end of June. There also were new beginnings in ministry for two familiar faces of the diocese at the end of June. The Revd Claire Walker (pictured above), who was Assistant Curate at Market Rasen, is now the Rector, and so while the surroundings are familiar, her licensing was the beginning of a new chapter in ministry for her and the benefice. In addition, the Revd Julie Wearing (pictured below) moved from St Faith's in Lincoln to be the Vicar of the Benefice of Crosby, North Scunthorpe.