Help identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford

Dear Friends,

On 12 April 2020 Bishop Stephen Cottrell left his role of Bishop of Chelmsford after nearly a decade in post. Later this year he will become the Archbishop of York. We thank him for his huge contribution to our diocese and we will be praying for him and his wife Rebecca as they embark on a new chapter in their ministry.

The process is now underway to discern who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford and as part of that process the diocesan Vacancy in See Committee want to hear what you think.

A diocese wide consultation is now open. Submissions are welcome from churches, groups and individuals until 4 July. I encourage you to take part in the consultation and submit your own response.

Please click here to give your views.

We will be organising a group discussion for our church community soon, so that we can have our say as a parish. We will hold the discussion on Sunday 14 June at 2pm using Zoom. We will be able to discuss in small breakout groups before sharing with the entire group. The discussion will inform a submission to the consultation on behalf of our church. Please contact me for details on accessing the meeting.

If you are unable to join the discussion on Zoom for any reason, we invite you to submit your input by Thursday 11 June. Please contact me to request a form.

You can find out more about the process by clicking here. You will notice the web page also includes a prayer of discernment which I encourage you to use as we embark on this important period for our diocese.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

With every blessing,

Fr. Reid

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