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Bill Nicholls licensed as Lay Canon of Lichfield Cathedral

posted 20 Nov 2015, 09:53 by John Goldring   [ updated 20 Nov 2015, 09:57 ]

Bill and Margaret Nicholls

Bill Nicholls wearing his Lay Canon's robe (which happens to be in Wolves colours!) at the cathedral alongside wife Margaret
Last Sunday, 15 November, Bill Nicholls was licensed as Lay Canon of Lichfield Cathedral along with several other Lay Canons and Ecumenical Canons. This was in recognition of Bill's contribution to church life locally and in the Lichfield Diocese. Here at Holy Trinity Bill is a reader, and so preaches and leads worship regularly, he leads the Growing Disciples team and is a member of the PCC. He is also a member of the Deanery and Diocesan Synods. In the community Bill is a governor of Trinity School and a trustee of Re-Entry, the local charity which works to reintegrate disaffected young people.

Lay canons are people who are not ordained but who are recognised for their contribution to church life and witness across the diocese. Ecumenical canons are appointed to strengthen relationships between local Christian communities and enable a sharing of wisdom and experience between the churches. Those licensed last Sunday included church leaders from the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches in the diocese.

The new canons become members of the College of Canons which provides advice to the Bishop and Chapter when required.

Read more on the Lichfield Cathedral website