A Warm Welcome from the Bishop

The Bishop of Maidstone has a national role in encouraging and helping local churches in the Church of England whose understanding of the Bible is that men and women should have ‘complementary’ rather than identical ministries in the Church. However, all of us want to give priority to the good news of the gospel rather than this particular issue.

Latest News from Bishop Rod

Updates & Notices:

Bishop Rod is making available some reflections for Good Friday that  (similar to last year’s, which a number of churches found helpful). These can be accessed online via [this link] and churches are encouraged to make use of them in whatever way they feel most helpful.

In addition, Bishop Rod has been invited by Church Society to contribute a short talk for Maundy Thursday as part of their provision for churches in Holy Week. These Church Society sermons can be accessed via [this link]

Bishop Rod’s pre-Easter 2021 newsletter can be found by clicking on the newsletter tab above.

Regional Meetings 2021

Bishop Rod has now completed a successful programme of regional meetings where various current issues were tackled. These meetings were held virtually and were attended by over 300 delegates – clergy and members of leadership teams of resolution churches and other clergy who hold complementarian beliefs. They were  a  useful time of sharing and discussing information with good opportunity to ask questions.

 

Ordinations this summer

Bishop Rod will be ordaining in five dioceses between June and September this year: Lichfield, Sheffield, Chelmsford,  Oxford and London. In addition, he will be preaching at an ordination in Exeter diocese. He will ordain six presbyters and seven deacons.

 

Safeguarding Statement

The Bishop of Maidstone is committed to the Church of England’s policy for safeguarding children, young people, those involved in domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults, but does not have responsibility for dealing with safeguarding queries arising in parishes or dioceses with which he works. These queries should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the diocese in which the concern arises.

If you need help or advice regarding queries which fall outside this arrangement, please contact the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team: [email protected], 020 7898 1778

The Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding can be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding.

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