The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, today begins a series of visits to deaneries across Sussex when he spends two days with the people of the Rotherfield Deanery (11/12 February) followed by the same in the Battle and Bexhill deanery (13/14 February).
Dr Warner, and the bishops of Lewes and Horsham, will between them visit all 21 deaneries in the Diocese of Chichester during 2019.
The Bishop of Chichester undertook a formal Visitation of the whole diocese when he was first appointed. A five-year strategy emerged from that Visitation which has given substance and focus to the work of the parishes across the Diocese. https://www.chichester.anglican.org/diocesanstrat...
Dr Warner said today: “As that five-year period draws to a fruitful conclusion, the Diocese again, as a household of faith, seeks to discern the call of Jesus Christ and to know, love and follow him with deeper commitment and joy in the growth of the church.”
During each visit, the Bishop will meet with representatives of all the parishes at a meeting of the deanery synod attended by the clergy and laity of each deanery. He will also visit local schools and community projects and meet with clergy who serve in the parishes of the deaneries and the retired clergy who live and minister there.
“Essentially, a visitation outlines what being a bishop is all about. It is knowing the people we serve and being known by them. It is a mutual relationship of teaching and learning. Hopefully, it is also experienced as a time of encouragement and apostolic renewal as we encourage each other and strengthen our confidence in meeting an ever-changing mission context. I am really looking forward to these visits,” added Dr Warner.