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Confirmation at St Luke’s West Hampstead

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.

Visit to Godstone United Benefice

Rod Thomas preached at his local church – St Nicholas Godstone on Sunday 30th July.  He is pictured here with the Rector, Peter O’Connell.

Press release from Rod Thomas: Over 100 evangelical churches pass resolutions on men’s and women’s ministry as Bishop of Maidstone says he will no longer meet with Scottish bishops

The Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Rev’d Rod Thomas, today responded to the decision by the Scottish Episcopal Church to change its canons of marriage. He said: “The decision by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) to change its canons of marriage in order to allow same-sex marriages in church is very serious. By its actions

Seminar for Incumbents on Preparing Prospective Ordinands for Bishop’s Advisory Panels

Rod ran this event in Oxford on 4th May.  Speakers were Paul Williams, Phil Moon and Matthew Lawes and topics covered were ‘Why preparation with prospective ordinands must be a priority’, ‘Practical preparation for candidates’, and ‘A candidates perspective’.  The day was greatly appreciated by those who attended.  One person commented: “I learnt a huge

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

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