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Vicar's Letter

June 2018

Dear Friends & Neighbours,

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

So we now have a new Bishop who will become the first woman to take on the role. The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull will become the 57th Bishop of Bristol after being appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. Currently the Dean of York she will be consecrated bishop at a service at St Paul's Cathedral on 3 July and installed as Bishop of Bristol in the Autumn. Her Family were from Bristol originally and her father served an engineering apprenticeship.

My old line manager at Southampton University Hospitals Trust was one of the first and indeed the youngest woman to be ordained priest and this took place at Bristol some 24 years ago. The new Bishop is keen to maintain the pioneering spirit of the Diocese. Given her family's engineering links it was timely that one of the first places that the new Bishop went to see was the old Pattern Store in Swindon. A building that is has just been bought to develop a model of church begun at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton.

The Church where the Alpha Course began and developed, it has given birth to a lot of contemporary church communities and brought many people to faith including the present Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu, said Dean Faull "leads by following Jesus' way with insight and oversight, with a readiness to be led as well as to lead". Her appointment brings the number of female bishops in the Church of England to 15.

The timing of this announcement is interesting given that Pentecost, the official birthday of the Church is so close and the Church of England is engaged in nine days of prayer for the fruit of the Holy Spirit. These fruit are listed as love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, self control, gentleness and kindness. They act as a kind of Sacred Sieve, through which we can assess our attitudes if not our behaviour and bolt beautifully into the New Bishops statement that "I look forward to leading a church that shows the love of Christ to everyone, whoever they are."

With the organisation and preparation of various fetes and shows well underway I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming months.

With best wishes and prayers


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