EVERYONE IS INVITED to play their part in the search for the next Bishop of Guildford at a public meeting held this week.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 March at Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street, GU1 3HN at 7pm. The post has been vacant since November following the retirement of the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Christopher Hill.
The public meeting will form part of a two-day fact-finding visit to the diocese by the Archbishops' and the Prime Minister's appointment secretaries who are looking for views on the needs of the diocese, the desired profile of the new Bishop and even suggested names.
A report from their visit will be fed back to the Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) which will meet twice this summer to propose and interview potential candidates for the role. An announcement of the successful candidate is expected early in 2015.
Diocesan Secretary Stephen Marriott said: â€œThe appointment of a Bishop is a huge event in the life of the diocese. Weâ€™re nearly 90 years old but there have only been nine Bishops of Guildford so far, so we only expect a vacancy about once in a decade.â€
â€œThis decision will have an impact on everyone from regular church-goers to members of the communities and organisations with whom the Church interacts on a daily basis.
â€œThose who have the responsibility of drawing up a shortlist want to hear from as many as people as possible, so they are best placed to understand everybodyâ€™s hopes and priorities.
â€œSo, whether youâ€™re from Banstead to Bordon; Loxwood to Lyne & Longcross, or any of the areas in between which make up the Diocese, this meeting is your chance to have your say on what skills and attributes the next leader of the Diocese of Guildford should have. Weâ€™d love to see you there!"
Members of the public can also express their views by writing to the diocesan representatives by Friday 30 May 2014. Representatives will not, however, be able to enter into correspondence.
For more information or for contact details of diocesan representatives visit www.cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesan-life/vacancy-in-see/.