The new Minister, the Rev Jim Corrigall (on the left), makes his commitments to: (from right to left) Dorothy Hewerdine, Chair of the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, Tony Cann, President of Padiham Unitarian Chapel, and Lawrence Forshaw, Chair of Rawtenstall Unitarian Church, in the Induction ceremony at Padiham Chapel.

The formal Induction Service of the new Minister for Padiham Unitarian Chapel, the Rev Jim Corrigall, took place at the Chapel on Saturday 28th February, before a crowd of more than 130 – including three local mayors and mayoresses, two MPs, and Unitarian ministers and members from across the North-West of England.

Jim was also inducted as Minister to Rawtenstall Untarian Church and to the wider  Lancashire Collaborative Ministry.   In the ceremony, he exchanged commitments with representatives of these three bodies (see photo), while congregational members from both Padiham and Rawtenstall Unitarian chapels rose to their feet and voiced their commitments in unison to the new Minister.

In giving the charge to the congregation, a former Padiham minister, the Rev Brian Cockroft, congratulated  those involved in creating the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry; it was, he said, ‘a most imaginative model of ministry’, one well suited to  21st Century living.     

In her charge to the Minister, the Rev Jean Bradley (also a former Padiham minister), described the aim to the LCM – to revive the Unitarian cause in East Lancashire – as ‘wonderful’.    She spoke too of the long spiritual journey Jim had undertaken and which had brought him to Lancashire.  

The service was conducted by the Rev Brenda Catherall of Chowbent Chapel, while  greetings were brought from the Unitarian General Assembly by its President,  Marion Baker.   After the service, all retired downstairs to the schoolrooms to enjoy a magnficent Lancashire Tea provided by the Padiham congregation.    

It was indeed ‘a reet gradely do’, as we say in Lancashire. 

There are more images of the Induction Service of Jim Corrigall here