On Thursday 10th May, the Bishop of Dover visited Bethany School to license our Chaplain, Reverend Serena Willoughby. The service took place in the School Chapel and was part of the boys’ chapel service. Reverend Serena Willoughby, said: “The boys enjoyed all the legal and formal aspects of the licensing service and found it interesting. We were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Dover to our School and today’s service meant a lot to me, having only joined Bethany as Chaplain in September.”
The licensing is the admission by a bishop of a priest into the bishop’s spiritual oversight and care of a parish; it signals the commitment of the local Church to the Chaplain’s work. The service is both a legal and an act of worship and has a number of distinctive elements such as the gathering of people, the Liturgy of the Word and The Liturgy of Licensing in which the tasks of ministry are spelled out.