Rod is at GAFCON 2018 this week. The conference has 1960 delegates – biblically orthodox Anglicans from across the world.
Reply from Bishop Rod Thomas to the Bishop of Lichfield’s Ad Clerum on ‘Welcoming and honouring LGBT+ People’ in the Diocese
17 May 2018 Dear Bishop Michael and members of the Lichfield College of Bishops, Thank you very much for letting me see an early copy of the new Ad Clerum on ‘Welcoming and honouring LGBT+ People’ in the Diocese. I very much appreciated the pastoral sensitivity and thoughtfulness with which it was written and, like
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.
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’.
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