Ordained Mission Leader Commissioned
On the evening of Monday, March 19th, over 80 people assembled at St.Aidan's church to participate in and celebrate the licensing of the Rev Rob Carter as Ordained Mission Leader for St.Aidan's Church. The service was conducted by the Rt. Revd Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton.
The picture shows Rob Carter (left) and Bishop Clive Gregory (right).
The fellowship was welcomed by the vicar of Penn Fields, Rev Jeremy Oakley. The Bishop said that we were all playing an active part in the diocesan vision of "growing the kingdom".
The service included the new minister affirming and declaring his belief in the "historic formularies" of the Church of England followed by swearing an oath of allegiance to the Queen. This was followed with the presentation of gifts symbolic of commitment to our mission. These included a copy of "Daily Prayer" and a loaf of bread symbolising the discovery of the heart of God through prayer, vision and worship, a bible and a teapot symbolising teaching and pastoral care, water from the font and a copy of "Everybody's Welcome" symbolic of reaching new generations through mission and evangelism, a map and a vial of oil of healing symbolising justice and care for the community and finally a bottle of sparkling wine symbolising generosity.
After all had shared the peace and prayers the bishop gave a final blessing in the following words :-
May the boldness of the Spirit transform us, the gentleness of the Spirit lead us, the gifts of the Spirit equip us to serve and worship the Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
For those who don't know Robert Carter here's a brief biography that was included in the order of service :-
Born and bred in Wolverhampton, Robert and Gael feel privileged to come full circle as they find themselves semi-retired in Finchfield and renewing their Christian Ministry through the Penn Fields Parish. Whilst they were actually married at St Bartholomew's, Penn, Robert's Christian nurture began in the Sunday School Mission building at Merry Hill in the late 1940's and early 50's.
Gael and Robert met at the then Wolverhampton Municipal Grammar School, and continued their courtship through their respective trainings: Robert at Bangor University studying agriculture, Gael at the Royal Hospital training to be a physiotherapist. In 1966 Robert began self-employment as a dairy farmer in Carmarthenshire, where Gael joined him upon their marriage in june 1967. There followed over ten more years of farming, during which their daughters Karen and Helen were born, before a sense of call into Christian Ministry began to emerge. After two years back in Wolverhampton Robert and Gael spent two years at St,]ohn's, Nottingham, fulfilling Ordination Training requirements. Ordained in 1981, Robert, with Gael, spent five years in the Potteries, during which they witnessed the power of prayer and amazing generosity as the Lord built a new church there. To date, Robert and Gael have spent nearly twenty-five years in parish leadership in only two parishes: St Lawrence's, Biddulph and St ]ude's, Wolverhampton.
Tonight however is a new chapter for St Aidan's, in what is their jubilee year (fifty years since the present building was dedicated to the Lord). Our prayer is that we may be obedient to the Lord's Call in affirming the Core Values of the Penn Fields team and being both Faithful and Relevant to our Lord’s Commission to "go and make disciples..." Robert and Gael's personal mission is "to know Christ better and to make Him better known."
Refreshments were available after the service.