Parishes welcome new curate

Revd Anthony Smith with members of St Paul's and Whitworth churches outside Durham Cathedral

Spennymoor and Whitworth parishes have welcomed a new assistant minister as the Revd Anthony Smith was ordained as a deacon during a special service in Durham Cathedral.

Anthony was ordained by the Bishop of Durham on June 30th, alongside seven other men and women who will serve as curates in churches across the Durham Diocese.

Family, friends and members of St Paul’s and Whitworth churches joined Anthony to witness his ordination in the historic setting of Durham Cathedral which has been ordaining ministers for over a thousand years.

During the sermon, the Revd Canon Caroline Worsfold, who led a pre-ordination retreat, spoke of the importance of serving others and following the example of Jesus, who washed the feet of his disciples. Being a deacon, or a servant, she said, is about “reaching into the forgotten corners of the world so that the love of God is visible.”

Following the ordination service, Anthony and his wife Eline were formally welcomed to the parishes during a service at St Paul’s church where they thanked people for their warm welcome as they start to settle into the community.

Revd Anthony Smith and his wife ElineAnthony said: “It was an amazing service in the cathedral. You sense the weight of history, the love and support of family and friends, and the presence and power of God. I'm looking forward to seeing God at work in people's lives as I begin to serve here in Spennymoor and Whitworth.”

As a deacon, Anthony will assist the Revd Matt Tarling in worship and preaching, pastoral care and making Christ’s love visible in church and the communities of Spennymoor and Whitworth.

Before studying for ministry, Anthony worked in computer software and was previously a university researcher in astronomy, including astronomical computer software. Latterly his work also included freelance web development. Anthony is a talented singer and organist which was nurtured during his time as an organ scholar at Southwell Minster and Jesus College, Cambridge.

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