On 28th February, the Bishop of Maidstone held the first of a series of regional meetings for clergy and members of the senior leadership team of churches which have passed resolutions. The meeting was held at St Andrew’s Church Leyland and was for those from Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Manchester and Liverpool Diocese. Despite the snow,
Rod confirmed 5 candidates at a confirmation service at Chalk, Gravesend on 21st January. The photograph shows Rod with the vicar, Nigel Bourne and the candidates.
Helen Eccles, currently Young People and Families Worker at St Catherine’s, Tranmere (Chester Diocese), was earlier this year selected for training for ordination as a permanent deacon. She will begin training in September 2018 at St Mellitus North-West (Helen has previously done a foundation degree in theological and pastoral studies at Oak Hill college through
On 19th November, Rod took a confirmation service with baptisms by immersion at St Mary’s Basingstoke. 18 candidates were confirmed as part of a church service attended by 500 adults and children.
Visit to Christ Church Chadderton, Oldham – commissioning, confirmation and meeting a selection panel applicant
Rod visited Christ Church Chadderton on 22nd October. During the morning service he confirmed 7 people and commissioned Katie Benjamin as a lay pastoral worker. Rod is pictured here with (left to right) John Simmons, Vicar; Katie Benjamin; and Lydia Taylor. Lydia is soon to attend a selection panel to apply to enter the permanent
Rod visited his old parish in Plymouth on Sunday 5th November. He confirmed seven people and preached on ‘People of Faith’: Romans 3:21-4:5. Rod and Lesley enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new people in the church.
Rod visited St John’s Wimborne on Sunday 15th October 2017. He baptised 3 people and confirmed 6, with 2 candidates being both baptised and confirmed. Rod is pictured here with those baptised and confirmed. Rod preached on Mark 8: 22-38 during a joyful service.
Rod visited St Giles Derby on 1st October. He confirmed 10 people. The sermon was on Luke 18: 31-43 with the title ‘Spiritual Specsavers’.
On Sunday 10th September Rod confirmed a total of 16 people at St Luke’s West Hampstead and St Mark’s Tunbridge Wells. The photo shows him with those confirmed at St Luke’s.
Rod Thomas preached at his local church – St Nicholas Godstone on Sunday 30th July. He is pictured here with the Rector, Peter O’Connell.