The Curate's ordination
A coach-load of folk from across the Team, including Father Alec from St Charles’, travelled to Carlisle on Sunday, 26th June, to support our curate, Andrew Bryan Norman, as he was ordained Priest in Carlisle Cathedral. It was a wonderful occasion, and a privilege to have shared in this momentous occasion for him. Each of the five ordinands in turn knelt before the altar as the two Bishops James and Robert and assisting priests laid their hands on them, with the words “Send down the Holy Spirit on your servant for the office and work of a priest in your Church”. The ‘assisting priests’ in Andrew’s case included the Revd Canon Nick Ash, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, his wife, the Revd Celia McCulloch, and the Revd Rachel Stavert.
Afterwards Andrew’s family invited us to afternoon tea at the Bobbin Coffee Shop in Shaddongate, where a lavish spread greeted us. Canon Nick presented Andrew with a gift of three holy oil stocks, together with a card signed by members from all the different churches in the Team. The attached photo shows the cake that a friend of the family had made and decorated.
We wish Andrew every blessing in his priestly ministry.
Over 130 people gathered from across the Cartmel Peninsula Team together with Andrew's family and friends. All the Team clergy were present (apart from Cartmel), the retired clergy, Lay Readers, Archdeacon and previous Archdeacon, former Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, and his wife, the Revd Celia McCulloch. A combined choir from Grange and Allithwaite led the singing, and the Team Rector and choir sang an anthem - Tu es Petrus - which had been especially written for the occasion by Charles Edmondson, St Paul's Organist and Director of Music.
Taking part in the service were the Revd Canon Nick Ash (Team Rector), the Revd James Harratt (a Deacon from Rochester who had studied with Andrew), Sarah Jane Norman (Andrew's sister, the Ven George Howe, and the Queen's Chaplain and Vicar of Wigton and Thursby, the Revd Canon Geoffrey Ravalde who gave the sermon.
Following the service, a superb buffet had been prepared by St Paul's catering committee and by Andrew's family, accompanied by punch.