The Bishop of Sherborne
The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings
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Sunday 3 November 2013 - Radio Solent
Bishop Graham gives Abseiling advice to the Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight in an interview with Tim Daykin on the BBC Radio Solent. To listen to the interview follow this link.
Friday 25 October 2013 - Abseiling for Christian Aid
Bishop Graham joined the Christian Aid sponsored abseil by leaping off the church tower at St Mary's in Gillingham, Dorset. Donate to Christian Aid through the Bishop's 'Just Giving Page'
See all the abseiling pictures here
Thursday 10 October 2013 - Tribute to Archbishop David Gitari
Bishop Graham was interviewed on BBC World Service and gave a tribute to Archbishop David who will be buried today 10 October 2013 on his farm in Kenya. To listen to the interview follow this link.
Wednesday 9 October 2013 - Obituary for Archbishop David Gitari
Bishop Graham's obituary for Archbishop David Gitari 1937-2013, appeared on the Anglican Communion News Service today:
Evangelist, Prophet, Liturgist and Bridge-Builder
Kenyan Archbishop David Gitari was one of the most influential and theologically astute Bishops in the Anglican Communion. His sermons, expounding the Scriptures, combined challenges to personal conversion with prophetic denunciations of local and national injustices.
Also see Bishop Graham's article 'Archbishop David Gitari: Biblical Interpretation in Action in Kenya': describing some of the Archbishop's astute interventions which is here.....
Friday 4 September 2013 - Licensing at Port Regis School
Three bishops were in attendance for a service of extraordinary beauty and pageantry and extreme rarity for a new school chaplain's post to be created.
The service was conducted by the Bishop Graham, assisted by Bishop Lindsay. As the procession of clergy entered, it was also a special privilege to see a third bishop, Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith, the celebrated hymn-writer and author of the processional hymn, 'Tell Out, My Soul'.
Revd Canon Eric Woods (Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset); The Rt Revd Lindsay Urwin (Archbishop of Canterbury's Bishop to School Chaplains); Revd Mark Perry (Port Regis' first Chaplain); The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings (Bishop of Sherborne); The Rt Revd Timothy Dudley-Smith (retired).
For a full report see the Blackmore Vale Magazine
Tuesday 9 July 2013 - Doing Theology as a Bishop
Bishop Graham has just had the following article published:
Doing theology as a bishop, as well as writing it, often turns out to be exhilarating. At the end of November 2011, I chaired an extraordinary study day with 300 sixth-formers from four Sherborne Schools: The Gryphon, Sherborne Boys, Sherborne Girls and Leweston School. We welcomed Peter Kosminsky, the film director, and considered the issues of Israel-Palestine, through clips from his Channel Four series, ‘The Promise’.
To read the full article follow this link.
Thursday 27 June 2013 - "Grill the Bishop" at St Andrew's CE Primary School
No, not a case of, "5 minutes on both sides and serve with a side salad”. Rather a chance for the children of St Andrew’s Primary to quiz Bishop Graham about his life as a bishop.
After a walk around admiring the newly made Creation Banner with the help of Folk South West and all the artwork produced from the school's visit to Salisbury Cathedral, the Bishop donned his “bishoply gear” and the grilling commenced.
Bishop Graham in front School Logo
It started with a Girl from Year 6 asked him “Why did you choose to become a Bishop?” Oscar, also from Year 4, then asked “What is your hat called?”
The bishop replied “A Mitre!” and he let Cory, from Year 3, try it on with his crook and ring!!
Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 June 2012
Bishop Graham visited the Golden Cap Team in and around Lyme Regis and took part in many activities over the 3 days. He was pictured at Hawkchurch.
With: Margaret McConkey (Churchwarden Lyme Regis) Audrey Vivian (Lyme Regis) Freda Pitfield (Pastoral Assistant & Worship Leader), Ann Moss (previous Churchwarden Hawkchurch), Stephen Skinner, Jean(Churchwarden Hawkchurch)and Neil Ransford (Pastoral Assistant and Worship Leader) both sides of Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Rev Dr Graham Kings and Andrea Marshall, slightly in front, (organist at Hawkchurch).
Sunday 16 June 2013
Bishop Graham preached at St Francis of Assisi Church in Littlemoor, Weymouth, on 'A Thankful Church'. To hear a recording of the sermon follow this link.
As part of the Sudan 40 celebrations Bishop Graham of Sherborne linked hands with Bishop Hilary Garang of Malakal .
Sunday 2 June 2013
Bishop Graham Presided at the Eucharist to celebrate 300th anniversary of rebuilding of the church at Charlton Marshall. The rebuild was undertaken in 1713 by the Rector, Dr Charles Sloper who is buried in the churchyard.
Thursday 28 March 2013
Bishop Graham's piece 'Learning Together in Malakal, South Sudan' was published in the Times on-line and on Fulcrum:
Bishop Graham with Bishop Hilary Garang
‘Any prayer requests?’
‘Yes. For my brother, who has just been shot in the thigh in Blue Nile state, over the border in the Republic of Sudan.’ ................
To see the full article follow the link.
Friday 15 March 2013
Bishop Graham wrote the following poem whilst on a 'quiet day' at Hilfield Friary.
Latin American Pope
In Saint Peter’s Square:
“Buona sera.” “Good evening.”
From the ends of the world,
a friendly greeting, typical of Saint Francis.
Italian parentage, Argentine heritage;
Jesuit order, Franciscan humility.
In Buenos Aires:
limousine and palace were left on the wayside,
for bus and flat, with people on the wayside.
For the Conclave:
Latin America beckons,
and bequeaths a Pope.
periphery becomes central,
Papacy becomes simpler,
Curia become curiouser.
May Francis the First
open the windows of the Church
for fair winds of the Spirit.
Hilfield Friary, 15 March 2013
Poems on the two previous Popes:
Thursday 7 March 2013
Bishop Graham braved the rain on the morning of Thursday 7th March to open the new Spiritual Garden at Motcombe CE VA Primary School. To the delight of his audience, the Bishop regaled the pupils with stories ranging from his very first job cleaning toilets at All Souls Langham Place, London to his experiences on a recent trip to South Sudan.
Rev Eve Pegler, Bishop Graham, Rhiannon Tidby
and pupils at the opening of the new Spiritual Garden
(Photography: Frank Armstrong)
Wednesday 6 March 2013
Bishop Graham visited Turlin Moor with the Diocesan Social Responsibility officer Colin Brady. He met Paula Wade the local community worker, the mums at the Maths Project based in the Kaf on the Moor, funded by Skills & Learning Bournemoth and Poole , and the maths tutor Mandy. Lou (chair of Turlin Moor Action Group) showed him the Community garden and he went from there to St Gabriels where he met some of the children in the preschool, and the organisations that have offices in the building - Hamworthy Advice (chairman Randolph and staff Janice and Kathryn) and Harbour Challenge run by Chris Hurlock.
He had lunch with local pensioners enjoying one of Steve and Lin’s delicious home cooked lunches and had a chance to chat to the locals as they waited for their meals.
He then spent some time in the Kaf, talking to Nikila and Sally who run the Christian Dance Academy ‘Infectious’ and they inspired him with their vision for dance and faith in the area.
Monday 4 March 2013
The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, has released footage from his recent visit to Malakal, South Sudan (14-24 February). Dr Kings led a week of clergy Bible studies at the invitation of the Bishop of Malakal, Hilary Garang, participated in local celebrations and outreach events, and enjoyed his time with Archbishop Daniel Deng in Juba.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Bishop Graham was in South Sudan helping with a clergy refresher course on mission theology in the Bible, in Malakal, at the invitation of Bishop Hilary Garang the Bishop of Malakal.
This is a photo he took on the east bank of the Nile at sunset, looking west. Below is his poem about the River Nile, written last Saturday.
Meandering in South Sudan
Graham Kings, Juba, South Sudan
23 February 2013
Tuesday 5 February 2013
Bishop Graham spent today at the Dorset Police HQ with Adrian Whiting, the Deputy Chief Constable of Dorset learning how they function across the County.
Monday 4 February 2013 - Video from Bourenmouth AFC
Here is the video Steve Coffey put together about the AFC Bournemouth Carol Concert. It is hoped use it up and down the country as part of the HOPE Christmas initiative. Click here to see the video.
Thursday 31 January 2013 - live broadcast
Bishop Graham was interviewed by Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent on the issue of the Scouting and Girl Guiding movements considering a proposal to offer an athiest alternative to the promice to serve God and the Queen. To listen to the broadcast follow the link.
Saturday 12 January 2013 – St Thomas’
Ensbury Park, Bournemouth.
A men’s breakfast with a difference.
Bishop Graham attended Tom’s Big Breakfast , during which he shared his testimony and engaged in conversation with many of the men present; he also enjoyed some crispy bacon!
St. Thomas’ Ensbury Park runs a monthly men’s breakfast, though with a slight difference from other breakfasts for men. The men who have children are encouraged to bring their children with them. This gives the mums a Saturday morning lie-in, and the dads have an opportunity to share some time with their children and with other fathers.
As one Dad said “the mums have their Mother and Toddler groups, so its good there is something for the dads now.”
The format for the session is that on arrival we serve a full cooked breakfast. Then they engage in various activities such as Wii games on the big screen in church, table tennis, pool, table football and a craft table. Sometimes we have a theme such as a remote-controlled toy event (when the church was filled with cars racing around the aisles and the air filled with helicopters) or when the sun is out we might have a summer breakfast on the beach.
It is an opportunity for men to get together with other men and other fathers, the result is that friendships are made and relationships developed.
Christmas Day 2012
Bishop of Sherborne's Christmas Sermon given by The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, at the Christmas Morning Eucharist Service at St Peter's Dorchester. The sermon was subsequently broadcast on Ridgeway Radio, the voluntary hospital radio service at Dorchester County Hospital on Christmas afternnon, following the Queen's Speech
Friday 21 December 2012
Bishop Graham's Poem For Christmas
One accord for all
God and woman:
according to his Word,
is cut for life:
Heir of the world
air of the world.
Graham Kings 21 December 2012
Tuesday 27 November 2012
Bishop Graham licensed The Revd Canon Nigel LLoyd as as Vicar of St. John the Baptist Church, Broadstone.
Left to Right:
Church Warden Elaine Mellers; Bishop Graham; Revd Canon Nigel Lloyd; Revd Canon Jane Lloyd, (Nigel's wife); and Church Warden Chris Walton.
Sunday 11 November 2012
Bishop Graham on BBC Radio Solent comments on the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. To hear the clip follow this link.
Thursday 8 November 2012 - Comment on BBC News
Viewpoints: What should new archbishop's priorities be?
Bishop Graham was quoted on BBC News web page:
The Bishop of Sherborne, the Right Reverend Graham Kings
It seems to me that key priorities for the new Archbishop of Canterbury may well be to promote the growth of congregations in numbers and in depth of discipleship.
The emphasis should be on young people, young families and new ways of the Church expressing itself.
Secondly, he should expedite the process of legislation on women bishops, which will transform the face and the heart of the Church of England.
In Parliament, his priority will be to continue the critical scrutiny of the effect of legislation on Britain's poorest people.
It will also be important for him to encourage integrity and interdependence in the Anglican Communion, especially through the discussions of the Covenant - which seeks to hold the communion together organically in the face of increasing fragmentation.
Saturday 3 November 2012
Bishop Graham addresses the Diocesan Synod
Wednesday 24 October 2012 - Littlemoor
Bishop - Lorraine Dobbins - Les Strong
Bishop Graham visited the church of St Francis of Assisi in Littlemoor, Weymouth, where he met the Revd Lorraine Dobbins. He then went on to meet the tour the Top Club, youth centre with the DCC youth leader Garry. After this he went on to visit the primary school and have a tour with the Headmaster Les Strong.
Sunday 21 October 2012 - St John's College Cambridge
Bishop Graham preached a sermon in St John's College chapel . "Inspirational Leaders - Henry Martyn: Scholar, Missionary and Translator". The text of the sermon may be seen here. To hear a recording of the sermon follw the link on this page.
Saturday 13 October 2012 - The Benson Lecture in Truro Cathedral
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne gave the Benson Lecture 2012 in Truro Cathedral. Henry Martyn: Son of Cornwall and Missionary Scholar. Truro born Henry Martyn (1781 – 1812) lived a short life, but it had a profound influence on missionary activity in India and Persia through his scholarly Bible translation. The Baptistery windows in Truro Cathedral bear lucid witness to his impact. The text of the Benson Lecture may be seen here.
Thursday 4 October 2012 - Salisbury Cathedral
Bishop Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne gave a lecture in the Library of Salisbury Cathedral, 4 October 2012. Jewel’s Gem: Reflections on the 450th Anniversary of Bishop John Jewel’s Apologia. The transcript of the lecture is available here.
Thursday 6 September 2012 - Licensing of David Price
Bishop Graham licensed Revd David Price as Vicar of St. John the Evangelist, Heatherlands with the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rossmore.
Sunday 2 September 2012 - Rededication Maiden Newton Church
Bishop Graham conducted a rededication service at Maiden Newton church following the fire in 2010 which damaged much of the church interior. The church has been reordered and now has a north facing isle, in front of the oldest church door in England.
Bishop Graham with AD Sherborne, Revds Graham
Perrymand and Linda Wlicock and Churchwardens
Lawrie Goff and Angela Carman
Sunday 2 September 2012 - Dorset County Show
Bishop Graham preached in the showground at the Dorset County Show at a service led by Canon Jean Coates (Rural Officer for Dorset). The service will be broadcast on Hospital Radio at the County Hospital 9 September 2012.
Bishop Graham Preaching at Dorset Show
Sunday 26 August 2012 - Thousands at Christian Festival on Weymouth Beach
Whilst attending the festival on Bank Holiday Sunday, The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, said, “It was an extraordinary Christian festival on the beach: the direct result of long term relationships across denominations. Congratulations to all involved.” He added "In the town I was taught to skateboard by some young people in exchange for showing them how to bend a Frisbee round two palm trees."
Andrew Palau, Bishop of Sherborne Methodist District Chair Andrew Wood
Wednesday 1 August 2012 - Bishop Graham visits Olympic events in Weymouth
The Bishop was pictured having Olympic Rings painted on his face when he visited the Bedouin Tents in Weymouth. He was also interviewed by BBC Radio Solent: Listen to the interview here.
Monday 30 July 2012 Video of Neil MacGregor and Bishops of Salisbury and Sherborne
The Diocese of Salisbury has released a set of YouTube resources with a theme of ‘Citizenship’, featuring discussions between the Bishop of Salisbury, the Bishop of Sherborne and the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, recorded at the Diocesan Clergy Day at Bryanston School. YouTube Playlist
Tuesday 3 July 2012 Bishop Graham took part in turf-cutting ceremony at St Edwards School Oakdale
Bishop Graham said, “This is an extraordinary school, sponsored by both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. I am delighted to be part of marking the beginning of this new building project. May the staff and pupils flourish in the enhanced space.” See the Bournemouth Echo report, here.
Priest’s Triathlon Trail - Sunday 1 July 2012
The Bishop of Sherborne,led short services at Whitchurch Canonicorum, Tolpuddle, Wareham and St Aldhelm’s Head. Local Christians joined Dr Kings as he walked the six miles along the Priests Way between Swanage and Worth Matravers, and then on to St Aldhelm’s Chapel.YouTube footage here
Living Water the Gillingham Mission Week 24 - 29 June 2012
Bishop Baptises in River Stour
Bishop Graham led the Mission Week with the Archdeacons of Dorset and Sherborne, local clergy and youthworkers. The week culminitaed with a Confirmation service and a Baptism in the River Stour. See coments on the service - The Best Service Ever?. Also see the photo gallery of the events at: Living Water Day 5. Also featured in the Church Times.
Tuesday 12 June 2012 Bishop Graham visited 2 of Colehill's First Schools
Colehill has two county first Schools locally known as Colehill First and Hayeswood First. Primarily the pupils live in Colehill but there is a small percentage from outside. Each school has approximately 150 children (age 5-9). After attending first schools, the majority of pupils transfer to the local Church aided middle school (St. Michael's Middle).
Sunday 13 May 2012
Bishop Graham attended the Dorchester churches Christian Aid pic-nic in the Borough Gardens. See his comments on the Christian Aid YouTube clip.
Tuesday 1 May 2012
Dorset Charity Celebrates Funding Boost with the Bishop of Sherborne
The Bishop of Sherborne, Bishop Graham, who is a patron of the Foundation, joined Tina Baker, our Chief Executive, to present Bob Eccleshall and staff from Youth Resource Services with a cheque for £5,000 on the 1st May at the charity's premises in Sherborne. See the full story here.
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.