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Bishop Rod’s letter after the Archbishops’ statement following the earlier release of the ‘Pastoral Statement on Civil Partnerships for Opposite Sex Couples’

Bishop Rod sent this letter on 31st January, 2020 to incumbents of all evangelical resolution churches: Dear Partners in Ministry I thought I should write following the statement that was issued after the conclusion of the College of Bishops yesterday. The statement can be found here My understanding at the College was that the statement

Confirmation at St Matthew Elburton, Plymouth

Bishop Rod confirmed 5 people at St Matthew’s on 8th Dec – the church where he was previously incumbent. He preached on Isaiah 9: 1-7. Rod is pictured here with the confirmation candidates.

Confirmation at St John’s Bromley

Bishop Rod took a confirmation at St John’s Bromley on 3rd November – 17 people were confirmed and eight baptised. Six local churches, representing a very broad sweep of traditions within the CoE, were involved in the service. Andrew McClellan, Vicar of St John’s said: ” God has blessed us very richly at St John’s

Christ Church Huntingdon – First Anniversary Service

On 15th Sept Christ Church Huntingdon celebrated it’s first anniversary since being established as a plant from St Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge. Rod joined the congregation for their morning service, preached on Ephesians 6: 10-24 ‘The Armour of God’, and was able to stay on for lunch after the service. He is pictured

Confirmation at St Andrew’s Bostall Heath

Bishop Rod confirmed 7 people at St Andrew’s in early September. He is shown with them in the photograph. The sermon was based on John 3: 1-16 and was greatly appreciated as a basis for further discussion and reflection.


Bishop Rod has ordained 5 presbyters and 7 deacons during June and July: Sheffield Diocese at Sheffield Cathedral on 30th June:Deacon: Ben Tanner; Presbyters: Tom Brown, Stewart Deering London Diocese at Christ Church Mayfair on 1st July:Deacons: Nick Ashton, Luke Cornelius, Jim Houghton, Mark O’Donoghue; Presbyters: Scott Furey, Philip Martin Manchester Diocese at Manchester Cathedral


Bishop Rod confirmed 3 people at Dundonald Church in south west London on 21st July. Rod’s sermon was on Hebrews 11: 29-40 – Faith survives success & failure.

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