Pete Squires has been formally licensed by Bishop Donald as Giving Officer for the Diocese of Peterborough. The licensing took place on Wednesday 25 July at Bouverie Court during its weekly 12pm Eucharist service, which enabled the whole Bouverie team to join in and witness the occasion.
The Ven. Richard Ormston is the Archdeacon of Northampton and he explains what a licensing service such as this involves:
“At the licensing, the Archdeacon reminds Pete of the legal basis for his licensing, and Pete in return makes declarations in which he promises to work with the Bishop and to abide by the rules and regulations of the Church of England. Pete then signs the declarations. Following this, the Bishop reads his licence – basically stating that Pete is now legally entitled to exercise a ministry of preaching and teaching across the diocese – and presents it to Pete.”
Pete will be working with Paul Adams – the Stewardship and Funding Officer for the Diocese of Peterborough – to provide encouragement, resources and hands-on Stewardship expertise to parishes. It’s an appointment that Richard firmly believes will be a huge benefit to the diocese as a whole.
“It has been great to see encouraging growth – the diocese has seen a continued rise in its total church community and is top of the league for year-on-year giving – out of all dioceses nationally, our year-on-year giving is by far the strongest. But as the diocese faces important financial decisions, there will be challenges ahead if we are to keep moving forward – and Pete is a key part of our journey.”
Pete is thrilled to be working for the Diocese of Peterborough. Asked about his feelings, he quoted Matthew 9:37 – “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few'” – and simply said “I’m just another worker reaching out for his Kingdom”.