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Bishop's Enthronement Has Children at Heart *Updated

Young people from Wiltshire and Dorset will be playing a large part in the enthronement of the new Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, on Saturday 15 October at Noon.

Bishop's Enthronement Has Children at Heart *Updated

Bishop Nicholas with Coombe Bissett School pupils at his Consecration

Bishop's Enthronement Has Children at Heart *Updated

Before the Enthronement service begins, Bishop Holtam will be led by a procession of singing schoolchildren from the Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir and a Salvation Army band from St Mark’s church, Bishopdown. Anybody is welcome to join the procession for all or part of it.

The Bishop will be led through Salisbury city centre to Mitre House on the corner of New Street and High Street where, as is traditional, he will put on his robes before entering The Close.

On Choristers Green, he will be greeted by the Cathedral’s senior boy chorister in Latin, following another custom. For the first time, the senior chorister from the Girls’ Choir - celebrating its 20th anniversary this year - will repeat the greeting in English before the Bishop replies.

The formal cathedral ceremony, a ticket-only event, will begin at Noon. There will be representatives from the 200 Church of England schools in the Diocese present, where over 41000 children are educated.

During the service, school pupils from Woodford Valley Primary School, All Saints’ School Weymouth, Sarum Academy Salisbury and St Aldhelm’s Academy Poole will assist Bishop Holtam. The congregation of 1700 will be sprinkled with water from the font by the Bishop and young people to remind them of their Baptism vows.

The service will end after the Bishop blesses the City and the Diocese from the west doors of the Cathedral, with music from the Cathedral School’s band ‘Jazbytes’.

The Bishop said today, ‘Children, young people and young families must always be at the heart of the Church’s work. I am delighted that so many are able to be present to welcome me, and are playing such a large part in this day of celebration. Our schools play a vital part in communities throughout the Diocese in ways that make known God’s loving service through Jesus Christ.’

Itinerary for the Enthronement Day

1030 – Bishop Holtam will arrive at St Mark’s church Bishopdown

1045 – The Bishop’s Procession will leave St Mark’s, and will proceed down Estcourt Rd, Bourne Hill (stopping on the Green for 5 minutes), Bedwin St, Rollestone St, Brown St and New Canal, before stopping in the Old George Mall at approx 1115 for 5 minutes by Marks & Spencer. The procession will exit into High St.

1130 – The Bishop will arrive at Mitre House to robe

1140 – The choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields will sing for the Bishop in High St whilst he looks out of the window of Mitre House

1145 – The Dean and Chapter will arrive at Mitre House to lead him into The Close

1150 – The Bishop will be greeted by the choristers on Choristers Green

1200 – The Bishop will arrive at the Cathedral west door and enter for the Enthronement service.

1330 - The service ends with the Bishop blessing the city from the Cathedral west doors. There will be a photo opportunity at this point.

For a Gallery of the day, click here.

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam

Nicholas Holtam (aged 57) grew up in North London and was educated at The Latymer Grammar School Edmonton. He read Geography at Collingwood College, Durham and trained for ordination at King’s College, London and Westcott House, Cambridge. He served his first curacy from 1979 to 1983 at St Dunstan and All Saints Stepney in the diocese of London. From 1983 to 1988 he was a Tutor at Lincoln Theological College where he taught Christian Ethics and Mission. From 1988 to 1995 he was Vicar of Christ Church and Saint John with Saint Luke’s Isle of Dogs at the heart of London’s Docklands in the Diocese of London during a period of immense change. From 1995 he was Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

Nicholas is married to Helen who is half Danish, a committed Quaker and a Maths teacher. She grew up in South Africa and Kenya before her parents returned to England to live in Devizes where she went to the Grammar School and her father, the late Ted Harris MBE, was Secretary to Wiltshire Community Council. Nicholas and Helen have four adult children. He is a regular broadcaster and has written two books – ‘A Room with a View: Ministry with the world at your door’ (SPCK 2008), and ‘The Art of Worship’, a book of meditations and prayers in response to favourite paintings in the National Gallery (Yale University Press 2011). He and Helen enjoy the theatre, museums and galleries. Nicholas is a cyclist and walker who raised over £100,000 by walking the South Downs Way for the Renewal of St Martin’s.

Further information contact
The Revd Jonathan Ball:
01722 334031, 07500 872081, bishops.chaplain@salisbury.anglican.org 

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