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/ 30 January 2017

Richard Chartres Fund for London launched as capital bids farewell to its Bishop

Holy Trinity School, Dalston Opening

This week, the Diocese of London will bid farewell and Godspeed to its 132nd Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, at a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral as he retires after over two decades of service to the capital.

Over the last 21 years as Bishop of London, Bishop Richard has encouraged churches to be confident, compassionate and creative in the way they serve their parishes.

In honour of his example, The Richard Chartres Fund for London has been established to raise at least £1.4 million to facilitate vital growth of the Church, provide communities with buildings that are fit for purpose and support children and young people.

As well as leading worship, providing spiritual support and performing thousands of baptisms, weddings and funerals each year, churches are often on the front line in communities, providing help to those in need, regardless of their faith.

Across the Diocese, almost 1,000 clergy and over 10,000 volunteers run homeless shelters, food banks, youth clubs, fitness classes, employment support and much more from London’s parish churches. By 2022, the Diocese of London area is set to grow by at least a million people. The fund will enable them to do more to meet the ever-increasing need and ensure that new and growing communities also benefit from having a Christian presence at their heart.

Bishop Richard commented:

“Our calling is to make our own individual contributions to the unfolding story of London, a city where we hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil but strengthen the fainthearted and help the afflicted, honouring everyone and rejoicing in the love of God and the energy of the Holy Spirit.”

Bishop’s Farewell Service

The Bishop’s farewell service will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Candlemas; Thursday 2 February. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. The Bishop will celebrate the Eucharist with the people and clergy of the Diocese in St Paul’s Cathedral, with a parallel celebration — a “pop-up cathedral” — in Paternoster Square. The Bishop’s sermon and other parts of the cathedral service will be shown on a big screen in the Square, and there will be music, prayer and proclamation to which all Londoners are welcome.

The Richard Chartres Fund for London

Find out more about the Richard Chartres Fund for London and donate at www.london.anglican.org/RCF4L.

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