Following Moses

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02 November 2006

THOUGH HE reminded his bishop that Moses received his call when he was 80 and went on to serve another 40 years, the Revd Raymond Jewell, priested last weekend in Gloucester Cathedral at the age of 78, said he was not sure if he could manage 40 more years. “But I’ll certainly give it my best shot!”

It has been the fulfilment of a lifetime’s calling, he told me. Converted when he was seven, he never lost the thought that God needed more hands to do his work; and in due course he joined the Church Army in 1956 (“the first married man to be accepted for training”) and served 40 years as an evangelist.

He retired officially in 1983, but carried on working for the CA on a voluntary basis. Three years ago he moved with his wife to Tuffley in Gloucester, where he has been helping Canon Marilyn Sharland, who describes him as “a magical man”.

 The Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd John Went, ordained him deacon in January 2004, saying that he had been doing virtually all the work of a deacon for years. Last Saturday he finally realised his lifelong vocation, when he was one of 13 deacons to be priested.

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