40th anniversary

Christ Church Orpington celebrated the 40th anniversary of the licensing of its Reader Mr Gordon Holt. In honour of his faithful service to the parish and the deanery, The Rev’d Jay Colwill made a presentation in the main act of worship. Gordon and his wife Joy were warmly thanked for their shared ministry over more than four decades.

Karen Senior: the Warden of Licensed Lay Ministry added: "The average length of an incumbency is less than 10 years, but some of our Lay Ministers have for many years in the parishes in which they now minister, seeing members of the congregation and local community growing up or growing old, knowing their backgrounds, remembering their joys and sorrows, journeying with them in the changes of life.
Yesterday I was talking to incumbents who are new in post about their Lay Ministry teams, I reminded them that they are all new in post at the moment, but in 5 years, 10 years, 15 years they will probably have moved on or retired, and said: 'Some of your Lay Ministers will remain in the parish all of their lives, so thank God for them, value them, enjoy their good qualities, be patient with their annoying little ways (we all have them!) and support them as they support you on this stage of your journeying together'.”

Christ Church does thank God for Gordon!




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