Diocese prepares to say farewell to the Bishop of Guildford

28 November 2013

Diocese prepares to say farewell to the Bishop of Guildford photo

THE BISHOP OF GUILDFORD, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill will be joined by friends, family, colleagues and supporters for a special farewell service at Guildford Cathedral on Saturday as he steps down after nine years in the role.

Bishop Christopher, 68, and his wife Hilary, who have four children and four grandchildren, will retire to the Forest of Dean from where Bishop Christopher will continue to undertake some work for the Church of England nationally.

He said: “I have loved my time as Bishop of Guildford and have affection for this busy and talented diocese, and for the beautiful countryside we live in.

“My hugely enjoyable ministry in Guildford is and has been concerned with people’s growth into God, the building up of the Church and helping the Church to reach out into the margins of our community with the love of Christ.

“I will leave this diocese with huge respect for its communities, and have been constantly impressed by their level of commitment to the common good. People here have a deep Christian conscience which I have seen lived out each day.

“Some of my happiest moments have been the many Baptism and Confirmation services throughout the diocese, involving so many children and adults from all walks of life – it is truly inspirational to be at the focal point of people coming to faith."

He continued: "But I am looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren, and certainly more time than I was able to give to my children while engaged in a busy life in ministry."

Bishop of Dorking to lead Diocese

The Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Ian Brackley will lead the diocese while a successor is selected. Bishop Ian has experience in this capacity, having led the Diocese of Portsmouth during its vacancy between 2009-10. Ian has been Bishop of Dorking since 1996.

Bishop Christopher’s farewell service of thanksgiving will be held at Guildford Cathedral on 30 November at 10.30am. All welcome.

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