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Special service for new Rector of Kirkheaton.


CHEERS rang out when the Rev Ian Jones was presented to the Bishop of Huddersfield, the Right Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, to be instituted and inducted as the Rector of the Parish of St John the Baptist, Kirkheaton.

He was presented by the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Venerable Anne Dawtry, at a special morning service held at St John's Church.

The church was packed for the service, which saw the Rev Ian Jones reaffirm his ordination vows and swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and of Canonical Obedience to the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev Nick Baines.

Kneeling before Bishop Jonathan, he then received the Deed of Institution and was anointed and blessed.

The induction part of the service saw him receive the church keys from the archdeacon and ascend to the belfry to ring one of the bells, before being placed in the stall assigned for the priest of the parish.

Representatives of the church communities then presented him with water for baptism, a Bible and bread and wine - all symbols of his Ministry.

The sermon was given by Bishop Jonathan.

He preached on the congregation's need to pray and work hard for the spiritual transformation of the parish, and in particular for the need to welcome children and young people to the churches of St John's and St Bartholomew's.

The Rev Ian Jones - who has been rector designate of the two churches since June - said: "For quite technical reasons that are too long-winded to explain, I could only be licensed in June as the Priest-in-Charge or rector designate of the parish.

"It is a tremendous honour and privilege that I have now been inducted as the rector proper.

"Building on the fantastic work of my predecessor, the Rev Richard Steel, I want to lead Kirkheaton Parish in taking the good news of Jesus out to the people of Dalton, Waterloo, Grange Moor and Kirkheaton.

"I want us to be inviting our families, friends and colleagues to church, so that they can get to know Jesus for themselves and have their lives lit up by Him."

The service was followed by a bring and share lunch.


Newly instituted Rector of Kirkheaton, the Rev Ian Jones (centre), pours the water he was presented with as one of the symbols of his ministry into the font at St John's Church, Kirkheaton, watched by the Bishop of Huddersfield, the Right Rev Jonathan Gibbs and the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Venerable Anne Dawtry

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2017
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