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Our new Priest in Charge begins her ministry
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 23, 2007: On 16th July, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter and the Ven. John Rawlings, Archdeacon of Totnes, came to Hatherleigh to license and install the Revd Dr Ruth Hansford as Priest in Charge of the United Benefice of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne and Jacobstowe. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the bells rang out joyously as we gathered in Hatherleigh Parish Church to be welcomed by the Rural Dean the Revd Stephen Cook. The Archdeacon presented Ruth to the Bishop who then summarised the role of priest in the benefice, a role which Ruth confirmed she believed it was Godís will that she should fulfil, and the Churchwardens and People of the parishes agreed to support Ruth in her Ministry here. Dr Tony Lowe and Miss Stacey Balsdon read passages from the Bible and following the Declaration and Oaths, Ruth was licensed by the Bishop and, assisted by the Churchwardens, was installed as Priest in Charge of the Benefice by the Archdeacon. Then followed a Celebration of Ministry during which Ruth was joined by the Readers, Lay Worship leaders and Methodist ministers from the Benefice, who together with everyone present promised to encourage one another in their gifts and ministries, to build up our common life of worship, mission and service as a living part of Christís church. A Bible was presented to Ruth by Jade from Hatherleigh and Shona from Exbourne; Proclamations were made by Mrs Trish Vick, Mrs Beryl Toop, Mrs Sally Hordern and Dr Tony Lowe. Mrs Ruth Morris presented Ruth with water for baptism; a paten and chalice were presented to her by Preb. John Skinner and Revd John Smart; a map of the area was presented to her by the Mayor of West Devon, Mr Dennis Bater, and Mr Frank Granville, and oil of healing was presented by Mrs Sue Gibson and Mrs Bridget Skinner. The Benefice Choir lead by Mrs Pauline Savage sung John Rutterís Clare Benediction, and Ruthís former training incumbent Revd Philip Goodey led prayers of intercession. At the end of the service, church organist Dame Jane Whiteley played the delightful organ voluntary: Lefebure-Wileyís Sortie in E flat while the participants left the church for refreshments in the Square (in the marquee kindly left up for us following the Town Arts Festival) and finger buffet in Old Schools.



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