New Archdeacon of Dorking installed
Around 500 people gathered at Guildford Cathedral to witness the installation of the Ven Paul Bryer as Archdeacon of Dorking.
Paul, former There wasnâ€™t really an opportunity to take any portrait shots of him for website and other use, the event was far too busy â€“ Paul came down the aisle at the end of the service and was embraced by all the other canons and then the entire congregation (mostly from Dorking I think) descended on him wanting to give him a hug too. Heâ€™d clearly had enough after Iâ€™d taken a dozen or so and by that time +C had already disrobed.
Anyway the Cathedral was nearly Â¾ full so I suppose about 500 people were there. Heâ€™d only got back from his parish visit (2-3 weeks I think) to Kenya yesterday. St Paulâ€™s Dorking have links with the Diocese of Masano South which covers 300 churches from the City of Kisumu, (the third largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa). They visited Umoja â€“ a church and community mobilisation programme originated by the Tearfund It is aimed at helping local churches work with their community to appreciate their own resources and use them to solve local problems such as poverty and security. Much of his sermon was based on his visit. They met a child who is sponsored by one of the party. People they met were incredibly poor but very hospitable and very generous. They were interested in â€™Faith, Football and Paulâ€™s iPadâ€™ which may be quite a good quote.