Stalham Church hosts curates' ordination
Rev Andrew Bevan and Rev Vivienne Ridpath were ordained as priests in a small service at St Marys in Stalham on August 8.
The service was conducted by the Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Revd Alan Winton, in the parish church of St Mary's, Stalham. A total of fifteen candidates were ordained in pairs in early August, in dispersed services across the Diocese of Norwich, carried out within pandemic restrictions.
These ordinations had been postponed from June 27 because of the pandemic, and were the first group ordinations in the Church of England since lockdown was announced back in March. These celebrations mark the milestone of trainee vicars becoming recognised as priests within the church.
Andrew Bevan is curate in Stalham and Smallburgh, and Viv Ridpath is curate in Belton and Burgh Castle. Members of those churches were able to watch the service at home as it was live streamed on YouTube.
Rev Rosie Bunn, rector of All Saints in Belton, said “The highlight for me personally, aside from being asked to attend as one of the representatives, was watching the anointing of Viv and Andrew’s hands before they received their Bibles and their Letters of Orders. The atmosphere within the church at this time was beyond words, and it was easy to forget about the 'restrictions' and get swept up with the atmosphere of such a momentous occasion.”
After the service, those in attendance gathered in the church grounds to share their congratulations and to take photos in an attempt to capture the celebratory happiness of the occasion. Rev Bunn said “The way the church can gather together after a formal event still surprises me, and I hope I never lose that feeling. To have the formality and positional status during the service, and then to come together as one, informally and equal is such an amazing experience that I pray we may see more of outside the church.”
The image above is courtesy of Belton’s Village Voice magazine.
This story is based on an article on Network Yarmouth.
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