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The Bishop of Sherborne

The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings

Email: gsherborne@salisbury.anglican.org

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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.

zip wire

The Bishop met fellow zip-wirer James Cairns, who was a missionary surgeon for 38 years in Zambia.

zip with cairns 2

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 .

Darkness to Light

3 November 2014 - Richard Hooker and Magna Carta

Richard Hooker debate

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

50th school anniversary

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:

Dorset Steam Fair

3 August 2014 - Civic Service, St James’s Church, Poole

 Bishop Graham delivered a sermon "Memory and Delivery: World War One". To read the full sermon follow the link HERE. See the Bournemouth Echo report and video of the packed church HERE

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

ACF Camp

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.

 Poole Baptism

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.

Dorset Echo: The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Milton Abbey. Picture by Daniel Rushall.

30 April 2014 - Wareham Not Just Sundaes

Not Just Sundae

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.

New Head BSM School

Bishop Graham with Carol Brown and Revd Joe Edwards.

29 Apr 2014 - Rededication Service at St Edward's School Poole

St Eds School Poole

Bishop Graham with  Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, RC Bishop of Plymouth. At the Rededication service for St Edward's.

 St Eds Heads

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

 Steam Car

 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.

Bryanston Confirmation

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:
they’re absorbed
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

Walk of Witnesses










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.

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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.

Westminster Abbey Consecration:
Times article by Bess Twiston-Davies
Sermon by Professor David Ford
Photos of the service

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.

Robert Shuler
Assistant to the Bishop of Sherborne
Email: robert.shuler@salisbury.anglican.org
Mob: 07500 660455

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The Drop
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St Mary's Flag
St Mary's Church
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Rededication St Edwards School Poole - Bishop Graham with RC Bishop Mark O'Toole and with Head Boy and Head Girl and 6th form ambassador
Rededication St Edwards School
Rededication St Edwards School Poole - Bishop Graham with RC Bishop Mark O'Toole and with Head Boy and Head Girl and 6th form ambassador