Bishop Martyn's arrival


Bishop of Leicester

   Bishop Martyn stands at the start of his work as Bishop of Leicester. To hear him speaking on video, go  to                                             

                               Welcome Bishop Martyn

   Bishop Martyn's service of welcome and enthronement took place on Saturday 14th May. The cathedral was full for the occasion, but we didn't stay inside for the whole service. For the second half of the servcie we spilled out into the cathedral gardens for the sermon by our new bishop, for the prayers led by children and fot the last couple of hymns. We were blessed with sun as we stayed on for food and for time to meet others.

   The theme of Bishop Martyn's sermon? Well, he must have come to our Team weekend - he wants to see lots of parties and lots of prayer around the diocese.   

 Carolle Melville was there and reports:

"What a memorable day! The sun was shining, the Ibstock Scout Silver Band was playing , the whole of the Cathedral Gardens were alive with happiness and chatter. Bishop Martyn had arrived to be installed as the Seventh Bishop of Leicester.The Cathedral was packed and the service began.The Dean welcomed him, two children asked him why he was there? and what would he do? He was annointed with oil and then he passed through the Cathedral  (declaring all the  legal Oaths and duties at various points on the way) until he reached the Altar where he was Officially welcomed as our  New Bishop.-he is also the youngest Bishop.

After the legal bits we were all invited to follow Bishop Martyn out into the  Gardens to take part in the rest of the service with all the other worshippers. His Sermon was"partying and prayer" which amazingly was the title of our team weekend--we must be doing something right.! Whilst it was good to party and pray,  we must remember the whole world and the needs of others.

Then came the prayers, accompanied by bubbles,which were taking the prayers skyward.Children led the prayers, for Bishop Martyns family, for him to not give up, that he would remember everybodies name also to remember that God sees everything. The prayers were so lovely, simple and sincere.  After the blessing Bishop Martyn invited everyone in the Gardens to share in the fun, food and ice cream- in fact to party along with him."

The bishop will be visiting as much of the diocese as he can for the rest of this year. He will be with us in the Woodfield Team on Sunday November 20th. He will be in the deanery between September 26th and 28th - visiting all the clergy, having meetings with all licensed ministers, with deanery synod and churchwardens.

 So we will have a chance to get to know him.

Please pray for him in these early days of his time here.

here are some photos from his welcome service: