Five Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) were welcomed to the Diocese of Ely, three to be Admitted & Licensed and two transferred-In from another Diocese.
The service begun at 2pm, and those present were delighted to welcome Bishop Rowan Williams to Ely Cathedral, who preached during the service.
The Very Reverend Mark Bonney, Dean of Ely: said of the service: “It was splendid to see so many current LLMs joining those to be newly licensed in the Cathedral. There was a real sense of excitement present about communicating and living the gospel, and LLMs are critical partners in proclaiming the good news of God’s love. They are a blessing to us all.”
Steve Mashford, Warden of Readers in the Diocese of Ely added: “we were delighted to be in the presence and preaching that Bishop Rowan Williams brought to the service and are all greatly blessed to be serving Christ in the Diocese of Ely”.
You can listen to Bishop Rowan’s Sermon from the day here - https://soundcloud.com/user-276802048/bishop-rowan-williams-27-october
A little more detail on our new LLMs can also be read below.
Glenn Coiley (Transferred In to the Diocese of Ely): In 2007 I swapped a career in Logistics and Service Management for a Small Holding in Wales which was a wonderful experience both as a change of pace and lifestyle and a new experience in life. I was licenced as a Reader in the Bangor Diocese in October 2012 and began “Mission in Puppetry”, a puppet theatre group with my wife Maggie. I have been married 43 years and have three amazing children and four wonderful grandchildren (as well as two dogs and a cat). I am being Licenced to the benefice of the Staughtons with Hail Weston and live in Perry, Cambridgeshire.
Maggie Coiley (Transferred In to the Diocese of Ely): I was licenced as a Reader in the Bangor Diocese in October 2012 with my husband Glenn. Now we have moved from Snowdownia National Park to Perry, I am transferring to The Staughtons and Hail Weston. We have a puppet theatre called “Mission in Puppetry”, which is very popular for baptisms, harvest and family services. We have three adult children and four beautiful grandchildren. I have been involved with scouts and other voluntary youth groups for over 30 years and enjoy actively taking part in the community. I am looking forward to being licenced as LLM to our 3 churches and being settled in village life and closer to all our family.
Diane Mantle (Admitted & Licensed): Jesus asked me who I am and I replied “to some, I am a member of St. George’s Church, Methwold in the rural Wissey Valley Benefice. To others, I am a mum, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Maths teacher, a cyclist, a badminton player, a slimmer, a bellringer.” Jesus then asked “But what about you, who do you say that you are?” I replied, “Lord, I am your child, part of your creation, your servant. My heart is ready. Here I am, ready to serve.”
Tim Wetherfield (Admitted & Licensed): Communicating with honesty, empathy and gentle humour is something I love doing. I became a Christian in 1988 following my brother’s miraculous recovery from a life-threatening accident. In my first job, I learnt how to write speeches for others, which helped when later invited to preach. Reader training has developed my Biblical knowledge and appreciation of different ways of ‘being church’. I’ve worshipped at St James', Hemingford Grey since 2004. Committed to public service, I work in local government in Cambridge. My wife (Lynne) and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary last year. Our two children are now at university.
Niki Whitby (Admitted & Licensed): I am married to Ray with two children and two wonderful grandchildren. I have worked in administration for the NHS for 20 years, at present in Children’s Mental Health; a very demanding but equally rewarding role. Along with our commitment to our church family, including fundraising functions, Ray and I sing in a Shanty Group and have been known to sing in public! We may not live near the sea but what we lack in oceans we hopefully make up for in enthusiasm and fun! Having lived in Fenstanton for 34 years, I am delighted and privileged at being licensed to serve our newly formed Parish of Fen Drayton with Fenstanton.