Yarmouth’s welcome service for new bishop
A special service took place in Great Yarmouth Minster on Monday 18 November at 7pm to welcome the new Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher.
Bishop Graham's enthronement as the seventy-second Bishop of Norwich took place on Saturday 9 November in Norwich Cathedral. To ensure as many people as possible can welcome the new Bishop, additional services of welcome are being held in Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Thetford and King’s Lynn. These services are open to all and include elements from the Cathedral service with the addition of locally organised worship.
Speaking about the start of his ministry and looking ahead to these services, Bishop Graham said:
“It’s a great honour to have been called to serve among the people of Norfolk and Waveney as Bishop of Norwich. I'm excited about the opportunities to meet this county's fantastic people and see some more of this beautiful place at these five services of welcome.
“I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, and getting to know you and your wonderful communities, as together we continue to seek to live out Jesus Christ’s call to love God and our neighbours.”
The Bishop visited Great Yarmouth in September and was particularly struck by the resilience shown by some young people he had a conversation with the local youth club run by East Norfolk Youth for Christ.
The Rector of Great Yarmouth the Revd Canon Simon Ward said:
“It is a joy to host Bishop Graham on the first of his Services of Welcome around his diocese. I know that many people in Great Yarmouth and beyond are looking forward to welcoming and praying for their new bishop and I am sure it will be a memorable evening”
Refreshments after the service were served by volunteers from Great Yarmouth Pathway who serve over 300 free, hot lunches to homeless and vulnerable people.
The additional services of welcome around the county will take place as follows:
St Peter and St Paul's, Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9AE at 4pm on Sunday November 24
St Cuthbert's, Well Street, Thetford, IP24 2BL, at 7pm on Monday November 25
King's Lynn Minster (St Margaret), St Margaret's Place, King's Lynn PE30 5DL, at 7pm on Wednesday November 27.
Bishop Graham was nominated as Bishop of Norwich by Her Majesty the Queen in May 2019. He was legally confirmed as the bishop in June and moved with his family to Norwich during the summer.
The Diocese of Norwich covers 1,800 square miles, with a population of around 879,000, and this vast area is organised into 20 smaller areas called deaneries. Bishop Graham is visiting each deanery over his first six months to listen and learn about the local communities, churches and schools.
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