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Bishop's Visit touches Parish

Update: 11 July 2013

Bishop's Visit Touches Parish 

  96 people, including the entire Shannon-Foxton Parish, gathered at the Venerable Bede Church in Shannon on 16 June for a special service of Confirmation and Re-Affirmation.

In the first such event in the Parish for 15 years, seven candidates were presented to the Rt Reverend Justin Duckworth, Bishop of Wellington, by Esma Stevenson and the Reverends John Williams and Valerie Barber. 
These were: 
Christine Toms (St Aidan's), 

Re-Affirmations of Faith:
Phil Murray (Venerable Bede), 
Cherry Schouwenaars, 
Joan Basset, and 
Zola and Ian Bannister (All Saints', Foxton), and 
Subhadra Edwards (St George's, Himitangi Beach). 

Worship Leader Marg August with Tara, Eve and Henry Humphrey Williams, lead the procession and Bishop Justin into Venerable Bede, Shannon   Bishop Justin confirmed all the positive press circulating the Parish, beginning with a 'fruit salad' song for kids of all ages, and some tips on how to hear God. "Switch off your cellphones, have a day away from the computer, listen to what God is telling you!" he said.  Phil Murray from Venerable Bede, Shannon 
re-affirms his faith 
Below: A children's talk given by Marg August proved popular 

At the Bishop's impromptu question and prayer time after the service, young Henry Humphrey Williams asked if God meant nits and lions to happen – and more importantly, why? After serious deliberation, Bishop Justin considered the Almighty had purposely created nits (and lions) but the reason was yet to be understood. 

Right: questioned by Henry Humphrey Williams, Bishop Justin deliberates whether God intended nits and lions in His Master Plan 

A potluck lunch was provided by the congregation and Emma Pine, Beverley Boness and Jeanne Welch. This was followed by the Bishop's whistle-stop tour of all six churches, escorted by Priest Enabler Reverend Janice Lyon, and Ian Bannister.

 Thanks to Sarah Capper for the photos

Page updated: 11 July 2013

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!