Welcome and installation of new bishops and archdeacon
Welcome and Installation of the Bishops of Kensington, Edmonton, Islington and the Archdeacon of Hampstead
Evensong, Tuesday 6th October, 5pm, St Paul’s Cathedral
This past year has seen so many familiar figures in the Diocese retire or move on to new posts. Times of transition or shaking, as the writer to the Hebrews puts it, can be discomforting and even perilous, but by the grace of God they can also prove to be times of blessing and renewed vision as we prove yet again that Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews XIII:8)
After all the months of praying and listening to God and each other, we dare to believe that God has provided for us men and women to join the diocesan leadership team who will strengthen us all to pursue our ministries with Confidence, Compassion and Creativity.
Rather than major welcoming events in the different Areas and because the Bishop of Islington will be working throughout the Diocese and beyond, I hope that many of you will join with us in St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 6th October when we will welcome and pray for our newest bishops and archdeacon as they take up their public offices and are installed by the Dean. Even if you cannot be with us that evening, I hope you will still join us in prayer for God’s blessing to rest upon Graham Tomlin, Rob Wickham, Ric Thorpe and John Hawkins. The new Archdeacons of London and Hackney will be welcomed in the new year when they take office and there will be details of this in due course.