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Rachel retires as Bishop’s PA

Rachel Lickiss has been Rod’s PA right from the start, but decided to step down shortly after Rod’s retirement. For many, Rachel has been much more than a PA. She has been the ‘go to’ person for advice; she has developed all the administrative systems on which the Maidstone office now relies; she has organised

Service of Thanksgiving on the retirement of Rt Revd Rod Thomas

Bishop Rod’s retirement on 2nd October 2022 was marked by a service of thanksgiving held at Oak Hill College on 1st October. The service included reflections on Bishop Rod’s ministry from the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally and from Johnny Juckes, Principal of Oak Hill College. Rod preached on Ephesians 1: 15-23 as well as

Confirmation at Leipzig English Church

Bishop Rod travelled to Germany to take a confirmation at Leipzig English Church on Sunday 18th September. He is pictured here with Ministers from the church and the candidates.

Confirmation at St Andrew’s Bostall Heath

Bishop Rod returned to take a further confirmation at St Andrew’s Bostall Heath. Four people were confirmed. Bishop Rod is pictured here with one of them, Rob, and his family. Rob said ” All this time God had been calling me and I heard Him now”.

Ordinations June and July 2022

Bishop Rod has recently ordained in Lichfield Diocese: Iain Lingwood and Scott Seivewright, both as Presbyter and Sheffield Diocese: Rob Mullock as Deacon. He will be ordaining in Southwark and London Dioceses in July and in Rochester Diocese in September. Bishop Rod is pictured here at the ordination held at Sheffield Cathedral on Sunday 26th

Bishop of Maidstone Regional Meetings 2022

Bishop Rod has been holding a series of 5 regional meetings around the country under the title: Future Flourishing. Topics included a review of Rod’s ministry over 7 years, and a session led by Church Society on Women in Ministry. The meetings will have been attended by around 260 delegates.

Memorial service at St Andrew Bostall Heath

On 7 Nov, Bishop Rod preached on 1 Corinthians 15: 12-28  at a Memorial Service at St Andrew Bostall Heath. This service is held annually to allow people to remember and cherish memories of loved ones and is aimed particularly at families of those for whom funerals have been conducted. The photograph shows the array

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