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Lay Ministry Celebration Service takes place at Chelmsford Cathedral

13 July 2024

Chelmsford Cathedral hosted our Lay Ministry Celebration Service on Saturday 13 July.

Licensed Lay Ministers

Pictured: our new Licensed Lay Ministers with Members of the Bishop's Leadership Team, Warden of Readers Canon Caroline Harding LLM and Formation Tutor Anne Heath LLM.


The Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford has today led our annual service celebrating all lay ministry across Chelmsford Diocese.

During the service Bishop Guli licensed six new Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) and authorised six new Pastoral Assistants. 

The preacher at this year's service was  Anne Heath LLM from St Mary’s, Great Baddow. Anne has been the Formation Tutor for this year’s cohort of new Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs).

LLMs are theologically trained, and their role involves working alongside ordained ministers and other lay leaders in their church community. They have a clear leadership role and can use their leadership skills in a variety of ways, as an adult educator – training or mentoring other lay ministries, focusing Christian nurture or as someone who attends to the connection between faith and daily life.

Pastoral Assistants offer pastoral care in the church and wider community. They are people who have a passion for communicating the message of Christ to others through caring action.

Speaking ahead of the service, Bishop Guli said:

“It’s a great joy to license our new Lay Ministers and authorise our new Pastoral Assistants. I give thanks for their ministry and the ministry of all those across our diocese who serve God and their church communities in a variety of lay roles. Please join me in praying for them as they begin this new chapter.”

Caroline Harding, Lay Ministry Adviser and Warden of Readers in Chelmsford Diocese added:

“Our Lay Ministry Celebration is a highlight in my calendar each year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all forms of lay ministry in our diocese and give thanks for the gifts and talents people offer in serving their parishes and worshipping communities across Essex and East London.”


Our newly authorised Pastoral Assistants with Members of the Bishop's Leadership Team

Watch the service

You can watch the recording of the service below. 

Meet our new Licensed Lay Ministers

Our new LLMs who were licensed at the service were

Jacqui Moss

Jacqui Moss

Jacqui Moss will be serving St Gabriel’s with St Peter’s, Pitsea with Nevendon.

Jacqui says:

"Looking back over the last three years of formation and training, I can say that it has been one of my best experiences ever. I feel equipped and empowered to the service of God’s kingdom. And, as I step into the new and exciting season of what God have in store for me, I am looking forward to serving my community, church family and beyond. To God be the Glory. Amen"

Henry Lau

Henry Lau 

Henry Lau will be serving at Aldersbrook, St Gabriel.

John Philip

John Philip

John Philip will be serving The Theydon Parishes.

Julie Titley

Julie Titley

Julie Titley will be serving the Cross Reach Churches.

Tina Bailes

Tina Bailes

Tina Bailes will be serving within the Grays Thurrock Team Ministry.

Wendy Borgartz

Wendy Borgartz

Wendy Borgartz will be serving the Thurstable and Winstree Benefice.


Meet our new Pastoral Assistants 

Our new Pastoral Assistants are:

  • Suzie Dodd
  • Arthur Dodd
  • Radcliff Facey
  • Helen King
  • Sarah-Ann Robbshaw
  • Jenny Pratt

Share your photos

If you attended the celebration service, we would love to see your photos. Share them with us by tagging @chelmsdio on social media with the hashtags #ChelmsdioLLMs and #CelebratingLayMinistry.

Lay ministry in our Diocese

There are a wide variety of lay ministries in our diocese. For more details about lay ministry options, training and resources visit our Lay Ministry webpages or contact Caroline Harding, our Diocesan Lay Ministry Adviser and Warden of Readers.