There is quite a bit of change taking place in the diocese of Rochester of which our church is a part. The major change is that by the time this edition of the Parish Notes comes out there will be a new bishop of Rochester.
The new Bishop is the Rt Reverend Jonathan Gibbs who was formally the Bishop of Huddersfield in the Diocese of Leeds and is also the Lead Bishop in charge of safeguarding in the Church of England.
The Diocese of Rochester serves a population of 1.3 million people, covering 215 parishes across Medway, north and west Kent, as well as the London boroughs of Bromley and Bexley.
Responding to his appointment Bishop Jonathan said:
“I am delighted to have been announced as the new Bishop of Rochester. My wife Toni and I are so excited about the prospect of moving to this wonderful Diocese.
For us, Rochester will be a new place to discover and we’re so looking forward to getting to know the people of our churches and our communities, and to working together with them as we encourage God’s kingdom to grow in this wonderfully varied and rich place.
We are very conscious of the diversity of the communities that we serve, from urban and suburban to profoundly rural, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of exploring all these different places and to sharing in the journey with the people here of growing God’s Church, of serving the communities, and of proclaiming the good news of Christ to the people whom we seek to love and to serve in Jesus’s name.”
We will be praying for Bishop Jonathan as he takes up this significant responsibility in this time of significant change in and beyond the Church.
Rev. Dr Christopher Noble – Rector of St Mary’s Stansted with Fairseat and Vigo and Area Dean of Shoreham.