New curate for Bursledon

The Reverend Jill Kells has been ordained by the Bishop of WInchester,

Jill Kells and Bishop TimThe Reverend Jill Kells is the new curate for Bursledon parish. Rev Kells was one of the new Deacons to be ordained by The Bishop of the Winchester The Right Reverend Tim Dakin during a service at Winchester Cathedral this weekend

Reverend Kells is one of ten new curates ordained in the Diocese of Winchester this weekend – three women and seven men, ranging in age from 25 to 56,  from a variety of backgrounds, bringing with them a breadth of unique experiences. Between them, they have worked in a wide range of sectors, including medicine and the music industry. They will now serve their communities as Christian leaders.

The Bishop of Winchester ordained the new deacons following two or three years of training. As servant-leaders, deacons take on the responsibility of serving their communities and reaching out to those in need. Deacons will usually be ordained to the priesthood the following year.

Rev Kells has been interested in ordination since she was 22, but says she felt it was important to get some life experience first but in recent years, her early desire to serve God in a more obvious way has become increasingly clear.

The reverend said:

“I believe there is no greater opportunity to share Jesus Christ with people than ordination. It will be a real privilege to be ordained and I am looking forward to walking alongside my community in Bursledon.”