The first in the 2020 series of regional meetings was held in Manchester on 3rd March and was attended by around 90 people. This was held in the morning and was followed by a Church Society Regional Conference in the afternoon in a new joint venture. The Bishop of Maidstone Regional Meeting started with a
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
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.
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
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
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.
On Sunday 8th September, Bishop Rod licensed Kirsty to work at St Paul’s Hadley Wood in London Diocese. The photograph shows Rod with Kirsty and Rupert Mackay, the Minister at St Paul’s. Rod preached on Acts 16: 6-15 – The Conversion of Lydia in Philippi.
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