New Archdeacon of Hertford’s Ministry Begins in Stevenage
9th September 2016
The Revd Janet Mackenzie became The Venerable Janet Mackenzie on 6th September when she was ‘collated’ as the Archdeacon of Hertford, a member of the senior clergy in St Albans Diocese and the most senior woman in ministry in the diocese.
The service of collation, led by the Bishop of St Albans at St Andrew’s and St George’s Church, Stevenage, marks the beginning of an Archdeacon’s ministry. The Archdeacon’s role is sometimes described as being the ‘eyes of the Bishop,’ taking news to them of something noteworthy at parish level as well as supporting clergy, chaplains and people of the church. The role can be summed up as enabling the buildings to stand and the people to worship as Christian community. The Archdeacon of Hertford is responsible for parishes east of the A1 within the Diocese of St Albans.
Present at the service were the Mayors of Stevenage and Hertford and the Vice-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Richard Beazley and his wife Violet, and Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Barnet, Mr Martin H C Russell as well as clergy and lay people from all over Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, Luton and Barnet: the fullest extent of the Diocese of St Albans. St Andrew’s and St George’s was full: there approaching 400 people attending.
Janet Mackenzie has long standing connections with Stevenage. She began her teaching career there teaching maths and music at Heathcote School, Stevenage, a comprehensive school now closed. She then went on The Valley School, Stevenage, a school for students with moderate learning difficulties and to a school in Kempston, Beds, holding various posts including Deputy Head and Acting Head. Her teaching role continued in Luton Borough Council’s Education Department until she went to train for Ordination.
Since being ordained, she has served in Sandy, Bedfordshire, and has been a Vicar in a parish in Luton since 2010, becoming Area Dean of Luton in 2012.
Janet is a member of Girlguiding UK and have held numerous appointments as an adult leader working with girls of all ages and adults. She holds the Association Training Qualification and is currently the Anglia Region Faith Adviser and Chaplain to Girlguiding Hertfordshire.
Janet was the musical director of the Hertfordshire Police Choir for 10 years and ran the Gordon Craig Singers for 6 years.
Janet said: “I am looking forward to serving the people of East Hertfordshire in my new role with new responsibilities but sad to be leaving the people of Luton who have supported and encouraged me as we have walked the way of faith together.
“It was wonderful to have present not only the Mayors of Stevenage and Hertford and the Vice and Deputy Lieutenants, but also people from the parish which sent me for ordination, the parish of my first curacy and the parishes I have served in my previous role in Luton.”