The Bishop of Sherborne
The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings
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24 December 2014 - Poem for Christmas
Bishop Graham has written the following poem, published on Fulcrum:
God plumbed the depths;
God used body language;
God used means to save mean people;
God came as a foreigner to earth for our benefit;
God crossed the widest cultural chasm in the cosmos;
Meaning became matter in a moment,
Matter became movement,
Meaning moved us.
Matter matters for God,
For the Ultimate became intimate.
17 December2014 - Christmas Message
Bishop Graham's Christmas Message in the Blackmore Vale Magazine can be seen here
13 December 2014
Bishop Graham took part in a Christian Aid fund raising event, by travelling down a zip wire from the end of Bournemouth Pier back to the beach.
The Bishop met fellow zip-wirer James Cairns, who was a missionary surgeon for 38 years in Zambia.
28 November 2014 - Salisbury Cathedral
At the Darkness to Light service Bishop Graham met up with some old friends from St Mary's Islington, Beatrice Monney and Angela Otu .
3 November 2014 - Richard Hooker and Magna Carta
Bishop Graham took part in 'The Great Debate' in St Andrew's Church, Boscombe
Commemorating Richard Hooker, the influential 16th Century Anglican priest and theologian, who was Rector in Boscombe for a time. To see his presentation click HERE
This year the event looks forward to the forthcoming celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, and Bishop Graham Kings, His Honour Judge Keith Cutler and former Salisbury MP Robert Key debated issues of justice from the perspectives of faith, law and politics.
21 September 2014 - Review of 'Being a Christian' by Rowan Williams
Bishop Graham has written a review of Rowan Williams' new book published by SPCK. The review was published in The Tablet and is available to read HERE
12 September 2014 - 50th Anniversary of St Osmund's School
Headteacher Jim Williams, David Bowen, Rt Rev Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne, and Rev Canon Thomas Woodhouse
St Osmund’s Middle School held a special assembly yesterday attended by the Bishop of Sherborne the Right Rev Dr Graham Kings to celebrate half a century of educating children. The assembly featured singing and instrumental performances from pupils, and a talk on what pupils learned at the shrine of St Osmund upon visiting Salisbury Cathedral. As well as giving a blessing, the Rt Rev Dr Kings also conducted a question and answer session. The school was originally opened in September 1964 by the Bishop of Salisbury Joseph Fison, whose pastoral staff now belongs to Dr Kings. The full report is in the Dorset Echo here.
29 August 2014 - Dorset Steam Fair
Bishop Graham preached at the Dorset Steam Fair at Blandford Forum . He can be seen here with Revds Andrew Rowlands and Michael Foster pictured alongside one on the WW1 exhibits at the show:
3 August 2014 - Civic Service, St James’s Church, Poole
29 July 2014 - Visit to Dorset Army Cadet Force Camp at Longmoor
Bishop Graham spent the day with cadets at the Dorset ACF annual camp at Longmoor in Hampshire accompanied by their Padre the Revd Mark Perry. The Bishop spent time viewing activities and meeting staff and cadets. Watch the Bishop in action drilling a squad around the parade square - SEE Video Clip
Bishop Graham with cadets
29 June 2014 - Radio Solent Interview
Bishop Graham was interviewed live on the Tim Daykin Sunday Programme on BBC Radio Solent about recent events in Sudan. To hear the interview click HERE
9 June 2014 - Bournemouth University
Living Wage: Good for Business and People
Bishop Graham gave an address.
8 June - Mission in Poole
Bishop Graham has been taking part in a Mission in and around Poole. It included a debate at the Custom House with the Chair of Dorset Humanist on Britain: A Christian Country? A pub discussion group on Heaven and Hell and time in the Carter School with, assembly, lessons and Grill a Bishop. The 4 days culminated in a baptism service in the sea on Poole beach.
6 June - “Britain: a Christian nation?”
A debate with Bishop Graham, 7.30-9.30pm in the Custom's House in Poole for details see LINK
6 June 2014 - Pentecost Litany
Bishop Graham has written a poem, Pentecost Litany, which can be found here
2 May 2014 - Milton Abbey
The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Milton Abbey and can be seen here with Bishop Graham and the Archdeacon of Dorset, the Ven Stephen Waine.
30 April 2014 - Wareham Not Just Sundaes
Bishop Graham, complete with bible, crozier, and ice-cream cone, speaks to Ali Bowerman, who chaired the group that piloted the project through, and Andy Bowerman, her husband and former Vicar of Wareham. Not Just Sundaes Community Café.
30 April 2014 - New Headteacher
Bishop Graham led a service to welcome the new Headteacher, Carol Brown, at Blandford St Mary Primary School.
Bishop Graham with Carol Brown and Revd Joe Edwards.
29 Apr 2014 - Rededication Service at St Edward's School Poole
Bishop Graham with Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, RC Bishop of Plymouth. At the Rededication service for St Edward's.
The four Headteachers that the school has had in 50 Years LtoR Mrs Pola Bevan [current] Mr Len Matthews [1st] Mr Derek Richmond [3rd] Mr Alan Murphy [2nd]
27 Apr 2014 - Confirmation at Bryanston School
Bishop Graham was offered an unusual lift today to the confirmation at Bryanston School: Tim Ingram, a friend in his village, drove his 1919 Stanley Steamer.
Bishop Graham with the Head of Bryanston School, Sarah Thomas, and Chaplain, Andrew Haviland, after the confirmation of 41, and baptism of 3, students.
18 April 2014 - Good FridayBishop Graham has written a poem for Good Friday:
The Point of the Nails
Sins aren’t erased
by a finger pushing the cancel button:
by a body pushed around and broken.
Surrounded by mocking curiosity,
vindictive invective, derisive frivolity,
Jesus dies – declared innocent
by Governor, guerrilla and soldier.
As bread is his body and wine is his blood,
he, King of the Jews, is his people.
His death crowns their pain under pagan regimes:
he is smashed for their sins and the nations’ gain.
He is raised with a transformed body,
not as a flimsy ghost;
not like a thin carbon-copy,
nor even the original returned in the post.
He is raised to glorious new life,
not back into the same,
not like Lazarus his friend,
who has to die again.
As the Jews were his crucified flesh,
so the Church is his glorified body.
Bishop Graham takes part in a Walk of Witnesses in Sherborne
11 April 2014 Bishop pays tribute to Bob Thorn
Bishop Graham remembers "extraordinary" vicar found dead on Dorset beach - See more on the Premier Radio web site: follow the link to Premier.
Bishops of Sherborne
The first Bishop of Sherborne was St Aldhelm, appointed in 705. For a full list of Bishops, click here.
The current Bishop is Dr Graham Kings, consecrated in 2009. For a biography, click here.
Bishop Graham writes regularly in the national press on a wide range of theological and Church issues.
Please follow these links:
- For articles in the national press, updated automatically, is here.
- The link to articles on Fulcrum, also updated automatically, is here.
- To Grill a Bishop is here.
- The link to Radio 4 Today Programme on Grill a Bishop, is here.
- A selection of Bishop Graham's poetry, is here.