Archbishop and New Bishop Visit Bromham
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, preached a sermon at a service led by the new Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry, at St Nicholas' Parish Church Bromham on Sunday (30 September).
The Holy Communion service celebrated the 45th anniversary of Bishop Bill Ind’s ordination as a Priest and the 25th anniversary of his consecration as a Bishop.
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Billed as a ‘Celebration of Ministry- New and Old- Ordained and Lay’, the Archbishop spoke about the role of angels and praised Bill’s inspiring ministry spanning nearly fifty years.
Bishop Bill Ind was, until his retirement in 2008, the Bishop of Truro. He was previously suffragan Bishop of Grantham and a priest in the Dioceses of London and Winchester. He and his wife Frances are regular members of the congregation in Bromham.
The Revd John Rees presented Bishop Bill with a cartoon specially drawn by Carol Drew as a reminder of the occasion and the Archbishop’s visit, and Anna Ponder gave Frances Ind a bouquet of flowers.
Bishop Bill said, “I want, on behalf of all of us, to say thank you to Archbishop Rowan for what he has done, and said and written and been. He has given himself unstintingly to the task and, speaking for all sorts of people, he has given inspiration both to Christians and those who do not share the same sort of belief system. He has helped all sorts of people to pray and to think and there is no doubt that he will continue to do both in Cambridge.”
As the Archbishop and Bishop Condry were presented with a selection of Bromham vegetables, honey and preserves by Tracy Collins and Ann Paget, Bishop Bill continued: “We thank the Archbishop and the Bishop of Ramsbury for being here, and to mark the occasion we want to give them Bromham itself. So for you both, Archbishop and Bishop, harvest festival has come early. Everything that you receive comes from Bromham and comes with our thanks and our love.”
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