James Handley is going to be our new curate from July! He was ordained deacon on Saturday July1st. James works as a computer programmer four days a week and so will be at St Mark’s on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Please pray for and welcome him, and his family – Anna, who is a local GP, and sons Ben (13) and Tom (6). Pray that the family will quickly feel at home here and be able to grow and be fruitful as disciples
In the first year of curacy you serve as a deacon – a servant role, in which you are set apart to preach, baptise and exercise pastoral care. After a year you are ordained priest, and the more sacramental aspects of ministry (communion and marriage) become part of your role.