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Having arrived in Cheltenham almost two years ago from The Queen's Foundation Birmingham, then a further period of challenge, testing and training, Gloucestershire based Methodist Minister the Revd. Naomi Cooke will be ordained on Sunday 3 July at the annual gathering of the church's governing body, the Methodist Conference.

Meeting this year in London, Naomi's ordination at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London, is at the same place and time as her eldest sister the Revd. Deborah Mallett. Now working in Nailsea, North Somerset, Deborah trained through the Salisbury based Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme.

Naomi is Minister at Bethesda Methodist Church Cheltenham and Hawling Methodist Church. She says, "whilst there are many siblings in the Methodist Ministry, I am not sure how many of them have been ordained side by side. This may be quite a unique occasion in the life of our church".

The service is one of seven throughout London, Surrey and Essex, where a total of 56 people will be ordained. At Wesley's Chapel seven Ordinands will receive the 'laying on of hands' from the new Methodist President, the Revd. Dr. Roger Walton. The Preacher is Methodist Superintendent Minister at Wesley's Chapel, the Revd. the Lord Leslie Griffiths. Having preached on many occasions at Gloucester Cathedral and many other churches in the county, Lord Griffiths is no stranger to Gloucestershire.

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