Service of Licensing of the Revd Simon Archer
Sunday 3rd March, at St Mary and All Saints Church, it was a great day of celebration as the Ismere Team welcomed Revd Simon Archer as Team Vicar. The seven churches of the Team, church leaders from other Denominations, the Local Echumenical Council, representatives of our Civil Authority (including a representative from the Horsefair), St Mary's Primary School, the Deanery, Faith at Work and our Team Rector all shared with Simon words of welcome.
The Bishop of Dudley, Rt. Revd. Graham Usher led the Service, and in his Sermon shared with those present, the experience of the lavish gifts of Grace given by God to His people. He explained how this overflowing goodness could not be kept to ourselves but as an inheritance needed to be shared with those we come in contact with, within our churches and outside in the world that surrounds us.
The Bishop, the Archdeacon and our Rural Dean enabled those present to feel very much a part of this commissioning and showed us the need to allow God to work in our Team, to show others His lavish, overflowing goodness.