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OUR MINISTER - The Rev. Kate McKenna


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Kate's Induction Service took place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, at Bury Unitarian Church, at 2.00 p.m. Rev. Cody Coyne, Minister at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester, conducted and devised the service, with help from Kate, and the sermon was delivered by Rev. Jim Corrigall, Minister to the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, with responsibility for Unitarian churches at Chorley, Padiham and Rawtenstall. The Charge to the Minister was offered by Rev. Lynne Readett, who stressed that ministry was a vocation, and one which almost always, nowadays, concerned the minister in many different aspects; however, she advised Kate to leave sufficient time for her own personal development, despite the demands of her work. Rev. Gillian Peel issued The Charge to the Congregation, suggesting that they use their Minister wisely, involving her in all aspects of church-life and keeping her informed of their needs. Jim's sermon concentrated on the changes which perpetually occur, in all churches, wherever they may be; change requires careful handling, if it is to succeed, and changes should evolve from within the congregation, as is best suited to them.

 During the service, there were several musical offerings. Catherine Coyne played the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's Partita in A, on the flute, and also conducted an augmented choir, composed of the church choir and members of Roundelay, from Cross Street, Manchester; the choir sang an introit, a choral interlude, and a vesper ("Lead me, Lord", "Go your way in peace", and "God be in my head", respectively). Barrie Brailsford played the organ, and all the music was very well-received.

 Three meaningful readings were given by Betty Kenyon (The New Beatitudes); Anne Mills (The Diet of Torda: 1568); and Marian Price (Ephesians 4: 1-16). Greetings were expressed by Dorothy Hewerdine, the President of the General Assembly of Free Christian Churches; and by representatives of nearby District Associations: Helen Illingworth, on behalf of NELUM; Geoff Levermore, from the Manchester District; and Dawn Buckle, from the East Cheshire Union. Anne Mills, Chairman of the Congregation, read special greetings from two former ministers of the church: Beryl and John Allerton. Congratulations and best wishes for a long and successful ministry were expressed by all, and many more goodwill messages were received by people unable to attend the service.

 More than 120 people attended the service, and this included members of the congregation, Kate's family and friends, representatives from many nearby Unitarian and local churches, and specially invited guests, including The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly, and his Consort; the Bury North M.P; David Nuttall; and Simon Bland, relatively recently appointed as the G.A. Ministry and Congregational Support Officer. We appreciated the attendance and support of all present; the atmosphere was positive, inspirational and warmly enthusiastic---never more so than when Kate herself addressed the congregation. She reminded us of the words she had used at her first service as Bury's Minister, at the beginning of November, when, using an analogy from "Alice in Wonderland", she asked us whether we were prepared to strike a bargain: "If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you." She again requested, and received, that commitment from the congregation. She continued: "I want to assure you that, for as long as I am your Minister, my commitment to ministering to you, and with you, will be at the forefront; my Ministry with Bury Unitarians will continue to be far more than a job. Whatever I do will always be done in the right spirit. It has been a privilege to begin to get to believe in you; your welcome and understanding have been magnificent, and I very much want that to continue."

 The afternoon continued with a magnificent buffet tea, when all present were able to welcome and greet Kate; the occasion was very worthwhile and successful, and excellent foundations for the future have been laid. A very good display of photographs can be found on the Bury Unitarian Church website.

 Anne Mills is the Chairman of the Congregation at Bury.





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Bury Unitarian Church
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Bury Unitarian Church 2016