New Mission Apprentice Commissioning Service

10th September 2018

On Sunday 9th September, friends, family and congregations gathered at St. Luke’s Great Colmore Street to commission our recently appointed Mission Apprentices. The service was led by Bishop Anne.

It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the commitment of our 9 Mission Apprentices to work in parishes in some of Birmingham’s most economically deprived parishes. The Mission Apprentices will be working on a wide range of different projects including setting up sports ministries, youth services, after school clubs, ministry with young adults and dementia-friendly services.

Ricky Sandiford, one of the Mission Apprentices, said, “words cannot describe how excited I am to be involved in the Mission Apprentice scheme. This is an amazing opportunity for new church leaders to dip their toe into the calling of ministry, which I personally thought was beyond me.”

This will be the 3rdphase of the Mission Apprentice Scheme, which is funded by AllChurches Trust. Mission Apprentices receive a mentor, learning program, parish placement and opportunities to grow deeper in their faith and develop their leadership skills.

The Mission Apprentices and the parishes they will serve are:

Chloe Hewett – Holy Cross, Billsley

Fiona Allen - St John and St Michael, Langley

Jody-Ann Frazer – St John and St Peter, Ladywood

Lizzie Steele – Bishop Latimer, Winson Green

Lou Bayliss - St. David’s, Shenley Green

Mandy Widdas - St. Editha’s, Amington

Marie Ford – St. Gabriel’s, Weoley Castle

Ricky Sandford – St Clements, Castle Bromwich

Sian Mehlmann – St Luke’s, Great Colmore Street

Please pray for our Mission Apprentices as they seek to reach out to their communities and nurture new followers of Jesus.