Licensing of Nic Stuchfield
As many of you will know, my training curacy has come to the end of its three-year span and on Tuesday 19th, in a simple service and ceremony carried out on Zoom, I received a new licence as an Assistant Priest, to continue to serve the Benefice of Saxmundham and Kelsale, from the Archdeacon representing Bishop Martin.
The original plan was to record the whole service. However, in the excitement of the moment I forgot to press record until a few minutes into the Service! The video therefore shows a recording of me making my Declaration and Oaths, witnessed by Jill, and then Archdeacon Jeanette licensing me.
With the demise of the old testament prophet and the birth of the church – Jesus body on earth – the era of the one-man-ministry passed away. As believers today, we are all members of that body, serving together and worshipping together. As Nic has followed the call of God in his life, bringing him to this place, it was with a thankful heart that I shared in his licensing service. We are in this fellowship together so I would simply say:- ‘may God bless him… and all who sail with him!’