The Rev Sid Mourant recently marked two anniversaries at a celebration in St Matthew’s, Richhill, where his wife Betty is diocesan reader.
In June 1965, Sid began his ministry of evangelism with the Church Army doing field work before entering college in September with Betty Carson who came from Portadown and who was to become his wife.
In 1975 they began overseas service with the Church Mission Society, serving the church in Uganda in Bishop Tucker Theological College during the regime of Idi Amin.
This was followed by service in Gujranwala Theological Seminary in Pakistan. In 1981 Sid joined the staff of the Church Army College in London where he served for eight years.
From there the family, now with two children, moved to Oxton, Chester, where Sid was ordained deacon in 1989 and the following year on July 1, 1990, priest. The service was also a celebration of 25 years as priest in the church. Sid is now retired in County Armagh where until recently he assisted the diocese in vacant parishes. Ill-health means that this will cease at the end of this year.
Betty was licensed to serve as reader in the Church of England and continues in this Ministry in the Church of Ireland.