Our beloved tenor – Jack Parkes was ordained as a deacon on the 4th July 2015 at Ripon Cathedral, and will be a new Curate, to the Benefice of Cleckheaton. Jack will work across the three churches there. To show our friendship and support, a good proportion of the choir turned up for his first service on the 5th to provide a very robust church choir, leading the communal hymns and singing two anthems.
Jack trained on the Yorkshire Ministry Course having previously served with the Lutheran Church in Great Britain – he was for many years a teacher in Cleckheaton and now works for Bradford College as a Link-Tutor, supporting student teachers on their teaching practices and still finds time to sing with the Phil.
For those that were wondering…
Deacon is a ministry in the Christian Church that is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. In Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican churches, deacons assist priests in their pastoral and administrative duties, but often report indirectly to the bishops of their diocese. They have a distinctive role in the liturgy, their main tasks being to proclaim the Gospel, preach, assist in the administration of the Eucharist and to serve the poor and outcast.
The word “deacon” is derived from the Greek word diákonos (διάκονος), which is a standard ancient Greek word meaning “servant”, “waiting-man”, “minister”, or “messenger”.