In the ordination service for deacons the word ‘with’ appears several times. Deacons are called to work with priest and bishops as ambassadors of the kingdom; to study the scriptures with the people of God.
At our recent national conference 'Deacons on the Move', Deacon Alison Handcock (Bath and Wells) led our final worship which included this reflection, read by different voices, which she calls simply 'With'. A number of people were very struck by it and have asked for a copy: Alison is happy for you to use it. … Continue reading ‘WITH’
Deacon Alison Handcock is the first to respond to my invitation for deacon stories about how your diaconal ministry crosses boundaries. Here is her story: Boundary crossing seems key to me. As a woman in a predominantly male deanery (with Conservative Evangelical/REFORM Area Dean) there are times when crossing the boundaries of tradition, gender and … Continue reading A DEACON CROSSING BOUNDARIES
For me, Reader ministry was about bringing insights and perspectives from everyday life as a lay person into the liturgical and preaching life of the church for all ages. Now I'm a Deacon I get the opportunity to: represent the Church visibly and sacramentally in the marketplace and to bridge the gap between church and … Continue reading FROM READER TO DEACON: Alison Handcock