Friday, February 22, 2013

Sheffield diocese’s ‘total surprise’ at Kenyan ordination

From The Church Times-

THE diocese of Sheffield has expressed "total surprise" at the ordination in Kenya of the minister of a church planted by Christ Church, Fulwood.

The Revd Pete Jackson, the founding minister of Christ Church, Walkley, was made deacon in the Anglican Church of Kenya by the Bishop of Kitui, the Rt Revd Josephat Mule, on 9 February.

Anglican Mainstream issued a statement about the ordination on Monday, signed by the Revd Tim Davies, the senior minister of Christ Church Central, which is another plant of Christ Church, Fulwood; and by Jane Patterson, a trustee of Christ Church Central who is also a member of the General Synod and sits on the Crown Nominations Commission.

Christ Church Central, in Sheffield city centre, was set up by Christ Church, Fulwood, in 2003. It was planted "outside the formal structures of the Church of England", the statement said, after "diocesan support for this initiative was withdrawn".

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