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Nomination to the See of Sheffield and Concerns raised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York: Submission to the Independent Reviewer by the Bishop of Maidstone

  Introduction  The nomination of the Rt Rev’d Philip North to the See of Sheffield seemed at the time to be a remarkable but joyful celebration of the concept of ‘mutual flourishing.’ It was a nomination not only widely welcomed throughout the Church – and particularly perhaps by traditional catholics – but also by an

All Saints Little Shelford anniversary service

Rod attended the 20th anniversary dinner and service on 20 April at Little Shelford Church.  Pictured here are: The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely; Simon Scott, Vicar of All Saints Little Shelford; Christopher Ash, former Vicar of All Saints;  and Rod Thomas. The proceedings included a question and answer session with Bishops Rod

Visit to Cumbria

Rod was in Carlisle Diocese last weekend visiting St John’s Church, Carlisle and St John’s, Hensingham.  He is pictured here with Steven Donald, Vicar of St John’s Carlisle, Carol Walker who Rod commissioned as a pastoral outreach worker, and Carol’s husband.

Visit to Holy Cross Gleadless Valley

Rod recently visited Holy Cross Church in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield.  He confirmed 11 people and preached at the morning service. The sermon was based on John 9 and was ‘helpful and challenging for Christians and non-Christians alike’.

Visit to Christ Church Wharton

Rod recently visited Christ Church Wharton in Winsford, Cheshire.  He led two Saturday morning sessions: one for the PCC and the other for the whole church family.  In the evening he took a Confirmation service. Rod is pictured here with some of the Confirmation candidates.

A Call to Evangelicals to Stand Firm

Since the widely publicised General Synod debate about the House of Bishops’ Report on marriage and same-sex relationships, there has been speculation about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for ‘radical inclusion’ and a number of bishops have called for the Church of England to be more affirming of same-sex relationships. The latter see the Church

Visit to Eton College chapel

Rod is pictured outside Eton College with the Provost and former Secretary of State for Health, Lord Waldegrave, after preaching in the chapel on Sunday 26th February on John 1: 1-9 and 35-41

Letter from Rod Thomas about the General Synod debate on sexuality

General Synod Debate on Sexuality  Dear Friends The turmoil of the General Synod debate last Wednesday has left many evangelicals asking what we should now do. The purpose of this letter is to answer that question by saying: ‘stand firm and keep steady.’ Where has the debate left us? As you know I was part

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