Work has begun on supporting lay ministries more systematically across the Diocese. For many years lay people have provided an essential part of the work of local churches. This effort is both vital and appreciated.
Bishop Ian, through the Ministry Committee, has established a working group to advise on, enable and co-ordinate training and resources for these ministries. There is also greater focus on lay ministries across the whole of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) and our Diocesan group will ensure that we cooperate with the Provincial work aiding greater coherence and provision of resources.
Many congregations are taking the opportunity, when Bishop Ian visits the local churches, to license and relicense people who serve their church community. Bishop Ian says, “we have an enormous wealth of gifts and dedication in people throughout the Diocese. I appreciate how hard they work week on week. The task of the lay ministries working group is to help this wide range of people to do their best.”
As resources and training are developed, they will be available on the Diocesan website and advertised across the Diocese. If there are particular areas for which you think we should develop resources and/or provide training please contact Rev Elaine Garman (firstname.lastname@example.org ).