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This year there's been much to celebrate in Women's Ministry. On Sunday 12th March 1994 the first group of women were ordained Priests in Bristol Cathedral. The Bishop of Bristol at the time was Barry Rogerson and he ordained thirty two women to the Priesthood.

So this year as women celebrate a quarter of a century there are celebrations going on in various places throughout the year. It is wonderful to see the increasing numbers of women hearing God's call to ministry and bringing their varied gifts and life experiences to serve God in Church.

Secondly, one hundred and fifty three years ago Licensed Lay Ministry was instituted. Sadly it was for men only. This was accepted at the time, but over the years there was a great deal inroad into accepting into the role. The people who were first Licensed were and still are known as Readers in the Church.

In 1969 a lady, Rosamund Essex, was licensed as one of the first Readers in this Diocese.

Rosamund was editor of the Church Times for 10 years. At her licensing she is quoted as saying, "I am overwhelmed with happiness and astonishment. Something has happened which, in my wildest dreams as a woman in the church, I could never have expected. I am now accepted as a part of the Ministry, albeit lay, of the church

Thirdly, on Sunday 29th September this year, we celebrate the feast of Michael and All Angels, but also another celebration of my twenty five years as a Licensed Lay Minister. A period when I have shared my ministry of preaching, teaching and leading worship, pastoral work, chaplaincy, and community involvement with ' the people of Sawbridgeworth and beyond.

The Archdeacon of Hertford, the Venerable Janet Mackensie will come and celebrate at the Communion Service.

This will be a very special day for me and I hope perhaps some of you will join me on that and join in the celebration.

Diana Kitson

Reader

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