Ordinations On the Up
29 June 2017 by cofebirmingham

Ordinations On the Up

Please pray for those being ordained this week in Birmingham; for wisdom and support as they continue serving in faith. They are:

Ben Cook - St John, Walmley
Sarah Cooper - St John, Perry Barr
Jenni Crewes - Ss Philip & James, Hodge Hill
Nick Drake - St Luke, Birmingham
Sam Gibson - Solihull Team
Helene Horan - St Andrew, Chelmsley Wood
Ann Peachey - Knowle
Cath Walker - St Michael, Boldmere

Siobhan Bridge - St Barnabas, Erdington
Conan Chitham-Mosley, St Mary & St Anne, Moseley
Sheri Gidney - St Andrew, Barnt Green and St Michael & All Angels, Cofton Hackett
Rachel Heathfield - Christ Church, Quinton
Ivor Lewis - St John and St Peter, Ladywood
Joe Roberts - St Leonard, Marston Green
Jon Tattersall - St Philip, Dorridge with St James, Bentley Heath
Andi Thomas - St Clement, Castle Bromwich

National increase

This year, across the UK, figures have shown a 14% rise in numbers training for ordination, from 476 last year to 543 this year. This includes a 17% rise in women training for ordination. The figures also show that 25% of those being ordained are under 32. This comes after the launch in 2015 of Renewal and Reform, a body of work initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, to breathe new life into the Church through growing lay and ordained vocations. 

Stories of ordination

Stories of ordination video

Last year, we asked three people to tell us their stories of ordination; what ordination means to them and why they are taking this step. 

You can watch their stories here: www.cofebirmingham.com/news/2016/06/30/ordinations-2016/

If you wish to know more about ordination or are interested in exploring it yourself, do get in touch: vocations@cofebirmingham.com.