On Sunday 30th January, during the morning service at Christchurch (United/Methodist) Ilkley, Mr Chris Mannall, a member of the church was commissioned as an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher.

Chris explained – “The service was led by Rev Roberta Topham on the theme ‘Dare to Speak!’ with the Commissioning carried out by Jill and Kath. I was part of the final cohort going through the TLS Gateways into Worship. Roberta tutored me and my placement was at The Bridge Church, Otley. Looking back I completed the TLS Foundation Course from 2012 to 2014 so the Commissioning was at the end of a long process of discernment for me – although I have been developing as a regular worship leader since moving to Ilkley in 2003”.

The Synod wishes Chris well and prays he has a blessed and fruitful ministry.

Photo from left: Rev Roberta Topham, Minister at Christchurch; Miss Jill Fletcher, Synod Lay Preachers’ Commissioner; Mr Chris Mannall; Mrs Kath Lonsdale, Convener of Synod Ministries Committee.

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