On Saturday June 1st in Salinas, Spain, the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, admitted Tony Eccleston to the office of Reader and licensed him to serve in St George's Malaga. The picture above includes some of the people who were present: (from left to right) Andrew Hoskings (congregational warden), Caroline MacFarlane (Reader in Costa del Sol (east), Malcolm Tracey (Reader in Malaga), the Revd John-Henry Bowden, Chaplain in Malaga, the Venerable David Sutch (Archdeacon), Tony Eccleston, the Revd Geoff Johnston (Area Dean) and Anne Eccleston (Churchwarden). In typical Anglican style on the Spanish Costa, the service was followed by a lunch at a local welcoming restaurant.
The parish of Malaga includes historic St George's Church in Malaga city itself, and two daughter congregations, one in Velez-Malaga and another in Salinas.
The training of a Reader (lay minister) in this diocese of the Church of England follows on a process of discernment and selection for this ministry, and takes approximately 3 years of theological and practical study. Tony recently completed the programme of formation, including a new component which is now compulsory, the diocesan residential course on the Anglican Tradition.
We wish Tony every blessing on his new ministry.