Over 1,000 people filled the Abbey at St Albans on Sunday 2 July to witness and support the ordination of 19 new Deacons for the Diocese. Among them was Ian Smith who will be a self-supporting curate for the Benefice of Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton. Ian was born and bred in Toddington and has spent most of his life within the village. Married to Christine they have two children, Rebecca,19, studying at De Montfort Leicester and Sam, 14, at Harlington Upper. Ian works full-time for Vauxhall Motors and so his training has been part time through the Eastern Region Ministry Course with study sessions in St Albans and study weekends in Norfolk. A congregation of over 70 from all three Churches, including the 3churches choir, joined Revd Ian Smith at Flitton when he took part in his first service in the Benefice on Sunday 9 July. Introducing Ian at the service, Revd Dave Bell explained that the Benefice now had a team of four ordained and lay preachers able to minister and provide pastoral care for people in all three villages. The congregation gave Ian a very warm welcome and during refreshments following the service had the opportunity to meet and talk with him and Christine. The Benefice is delighted to have Revd Ian Smith join the team and wish him a happy and productive time.