Written on 18/09/2023
A special service, A Celebration of Lay Ministry, took place in Derby Cathedral on Sunday with Bishop Libby presenting around 30 Bishop’s Badges to those nominated for missional long service and missional innovation awards.
The annual presentations celebrate ministry and service in church and community, and recognise the distinguished service and dedication of many individuals contributing in Jesus’s name to the mission of the church.
Bishop Libby said: “It is always a pleasure to mark and celebrate the gifts of people across the Diocese of Derby and to thank those who offer so much to develop and sustain the life of the church and its work in the wider community.
“We give thanks for the often hidden, yet crucial and remarkable work of people who do not seek recognition, but whom we honour specially today.”
The message of thanks was echoed by Bishop Malcolm in his reflection.
The service is one of three being held this year to present Bishop’s Badges; the first was held to celebrate generosity and courage shown by school children towards others.
The final service will be held on Sunday, 1 October.
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