Ecumenical partnership

06 June 2014

THE Dorcan Church in Swindon, Bristol diocese, is an ecumenical partnership with a single combined Anglican and Methodist worshipping congregation. They have both an Anglican Vicar and a Methodist Minister. But what makes it even more unusual - and tidier - is that the Vicar and Minister are married to each other.

The Revd Trudie Wigley has recently been licensed as Vicar of the Dorcan Church by the Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield, to work alongside her husband, the Methodist Minister the Revd Andrew Wigley. She was also authorised to serve as a Methodist presbyter by the Methodist District Chairman, the Revd Ward Jones.

"After ten years of being in different churches," Mr Wigley said after the ceremony, "it is a particular and almost unexpected privilege to be able to serve the same church and community together."

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