Last weekend saw four ordination services in different corners of the diocese, during which 12 women and men were ordained either as deacons or priests to work in our parishes.

On Saturday 25th June, Judith Simons from the Bolingbroke Deanery benefice and Jenny Camm from Great & Little Coates with Bradley were ordained priest by the Bishop of Grimsby in St James’ Church, Louth. On the same day Jessica Bellshaw from The South Lawres Group, Sally Clifton from the Boston Benefice, Andy Acheson from St George with St Paul, Stamford, and Rebecca Rock from the Uffington Group were ordained priest by the Bishop of Grantham in St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding, as was Jane Bareham-Sivers from the Elloe Fen Group later in the day at Whaplode Drove.

At the cathedral on Sunday 26th, Bishop Stephen, the Acting Bishop of Lincoln, ordained Kate Hough, Hannah Grivell and Yuce Kabakci deacon, all to serve in St Wulfram, Grantham, as well as Scott Gardiner to serve in All Saints, Stamford and John Birkett to serve in St Swithin, Lincoln.

Bishop Peter Hill, who had led the ordination retreat for all the candidates, in his sermon at the cathedral, underlined the key nature of the work these new ministers were to undertake – to go out to reach, serve and offer the good news to ‘others’. Like the congregations gathered to support them in the ordination services, we pray for them all as they embark on their new ministries, and we commit ourselves to supporting them as vibrant new members of the team in the diocese.

The Acting Bishop of Lincoln The Right Revd Stephen Conway 

"It was a profound joy to celebrate the ordination of deacons in the Cathedral and the ordination of priests more locally in parish churches. The ordinations followed a united retreat with Bishop Peter Hill who gave our ordinands a deeply insightful time. 

I told the candidates that they should have a high view of ordination, but a higher view still of their baptism, as those called to lead collaboratively with the whole people of God.

There is no doubt that theses deacons and priests are a real sign of hope in the present and for the future of our church in Lincolnshire. Please pray for them as they love and learn."