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 the
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Rod on the recent thirtyone:eight report – originally sent to incumbents of evangelical resolution churches
6th April 2021 Dear fellow ministers, Despite the sense of fatigue associated with all the restrictions of the past few months, I do hope that the Easter period has left you and your congregations with a fresh appreciation of God’s self-giving love and joy in our gospel hope. Much as I would like to reflect
Statement Following Publication of 31:8 Lessons Learned Review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon
I completed my first reading of the 31:8 Lessons Learned Review yesterday having not had prior sight of it, nor having been interviewed by those who prepared it. I am very distressed by the harm that has been experienced by those who suffered from Jonathan Fletcher’s abusive activities and very sorry that so many felt
A member of St John’s writes: On Sunday 15 November we welcomed Bishops Rod (Maidstone) and Karen (Sherborne) for an important discussion on the future shape and direction of the Church of England. Together with the vicar, Peter, they helped us explore some of the opportunities and challenges that we are facing. The Bishops introduced
Bishop Rod’s final ordination of the year took place at Emmanuel Wimbledon on Saturday 17th Oct. Josh Skidmore, curate at Emmanuel, was ordained Presbyter.
On 28th September, Bishop Rod ordained Ben Tanner, curate at Christ Church Endcliffe as Presbyter and Matthew Lawes, curate at Christ Church Fulwood as Deacon at a service held at Sheffield Cathedral. Bishop Rod is pictured here with Matthew and Ben.
On 20th September, Andy Liggins was instituted as Vicar of St Simon and St Jude Southport at a service taken by Bishop Beverley Mason, Bishop of Warrington. Rod preached on Luke 1: 26-38. Andy is pictured here with his family.
Bishop Rod ordained four men as presbyter on 29th October: Luke Cornelius, serving at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, Jim Houghton, also at St Helen’s; Nick Ashton, Christ Church Kensington; Rich Powell, Christ Church Kensington. They are pictured here with Bishop Rod after the service at St Michael’s Cornhill.
Bishop Rod ordained four men as Deacon, in the first of two ordinations held on 29th Oct. The four deacons: Ed Underhill serving at Euston Church; Simon Dickson, St Peter Fulham; Tom Wright, St Nicholas Cole Abbey; Callum Elwood, St Peter’s Barge are pictured here with Bishop Rod and Bishop Sarah, Bishop of London after
Bishop Rod ordained Will Eley as presbyter at a service at St Giles Derby on Sunday 11th October. The photograph shows (L to R) Neil Barber, Will’s training incumbent; Clive Hawkins, Will’s father in law who was involved in the laying on of hands; Bishop Rod; Will; Steve Boswell, also curate at St Giles.