Hilary Savage is licensed as a Reader to St Cross Knutsford

Today, Saturday October 9th 2021, Hilary Savage had her Reader's licence transferred from the Diocese of Worcester to our own Diocese of Chester, to serve here at St Cross, Knutsford.

Unfortunately, due to recent hospital treatment, I was unable to attend in person but it was wonderful to be able to join in online via the Chester Cathedral livestream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pzYtaSZ_Ng

The service was for the licensing of Readers, Pastoral Workers and Lay Pioneer Ministers.

What do Readers do?  They lead worship, preach and make connections between faith and everyday life.  They work to pioneer new opportunities for mission, bring God into conversation and teach the faith.  Some take Communion to the sick and do other pastoral work.  As informed lay people Readers are not only a skilled resource for the Church, but they also bring the fruits of their training and experience as Readers into their communities and workplaces where they live out their faith and witness to Christ.

The service was led by our Bishop Mark Tanner (Chester) supported by Bishop Sam Corley (Stockport) and Bishop Julie Conalty (Birkenhead).  Bishop Julie preached on the gospel from John 20.19-31 and the message was based around the Peace, Power, and Purpose experienced when following Christ and to take his good news out from our church buildings. 

We are blessed to have such a good ministry team at St Cross and I am delighted and thankful that Hilary (Hil) has felt the sense of God's call to serve Christ here with us.

Revd Paul - Vicar