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/ 3 October 2019

Bishop of Stepney welcomed to Stepney area

On Friday, the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Revd Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, was welcomed to the Stepney Episcopal Area in a thanksgiving service at St Mary’s Church, Islington.

The service saw Bishop Joanne welcomed to Stepney by the three Area Deans: Revd Paul Zaphiriou (Islington), the Revd Andy Rider (Tower Hamlets) and the Revd Preb Rosémia Brown (Hackney), and by the Archdeacon of Hackney, the Venerable Elizabeth Adekunle.

Bishop Joanne’s husband, the Revd Canon Dr James Grenfell, gave a reading from John, to a congregation made up of members of the local community and dignitaries including the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Rakhia Ismail, as well as the Bishop of London.

The welcome service follows a busy period for Bishop Joanne, who spent the summer moving house and meeting colleagues from the Stepney Episcopal Area. Over the coming months, she will continue to get to know her local area by offering each of the three Deaneries the opportunity to take over her diary for a week, an offer which has proved popular with many across the Stepney Area.

Bishop Joanne officially took up the role of Bishop in July after being ordained and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a service in St Paul’s Cathedral.  As well as her role for the Stepney Area, Bishop Joanne is the lead bishop for social responsibility and, along with the Bishop of London, takes a lead for safeguarding.

The Rt Revd Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, Bishop of Stepney, said:

“It has been a very busy summer indeed, getting to know the communities of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, and settling in with my family in our new home in East London.

“Having visited schools and community groups in my role as Bishop, and spent time exploring the local area, it is already clear to me that Stepney’s greatest strength is its vibrant diversity. I look forward to continuing God’s work in this great city, encouraging people to live out their faith with a generosity of spirit, and bringing communities together to serve one another with compassion.”

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