Michael Jones and Daphne Hanna – MCI’s latest ordinands.
On Sunday morning 12th June the latest ministers to be ordained in the Methodist Church in Ireland were Daphne Hanna and Michael Jones.
A traditional pre-service was introduced by the Rev Alan Wardlow and the main service by the new President the Rev David Nixon, with the Rev Dr Heather Morris and Tom Wilson also taking part. The address to the ordinands was given by the new Lay Leader Tom Wilson and the two ordinands gave brief accounts of their spiritual jouneys. Daphne spoke of God consistently making a call on her life from when she was a young girl to the present day. God gave her courage and patience during her time in training and she was confident that, as the master potter, he would continue to mould her life. Michael spoke of his very long journey from candidating to ordination (14 years), but said that God’s timing was always right. Ordination followed and then Holy Communion for everyone. Traditionally, there would have been refreshments and time to talk to the ordinands after the service, but this did not happen on this occasion, cognisant of the on-going threat of COVID.
A full account of the service will be given in the September issue of the Methodist Newsletter.