Your help in selecting a new bishop

Your help in selecting a new bishop

The announcement of Bishop Christopher’s retirement began the Vacancy in See process which will ultimately see a new Bishop of Portsmouth appointed. This is an important and significant time for our diocese. We would therefore like to you to pray in your church communities, and as individuals for Bishop Christopher and his wife Sally as they prepare for retirement, and also for the Vacancy in See committee as they undertake the work to produce the Statement of Needs for the Diocese. Suggested prayers are available here. And do join us each Wednesday morning at 8am as we share videos of prayers for this process on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

The Vacancy in See committee wants to hear from as wide a range of people from across our diocese with regard to our needs, and the skills we wish to see in the next Bishop of Portsmouth. To aid this process, the Vacancy in See Committee is asking people to respond to a set of questions. Please fill in the short survey here by noon on 10th March 2021. These will be collated to support the work of the Vacancy in See Committee.

The main meeting of the Vacancy in See Committee will take place on 11th March 2021 at 4pm. At this meeting the Committee will elect, from its membership, six individuals to represent the diocese on the Crown Nominations Committee (CNC). Those six individuals will join national representatives on the CNC and that group will take forward the process for discerning who should be the next Bishop of Portsmouth. More details of the process are available here.

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