Commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as the Director of Forward in Faith
Posted on the 16th Apr 2013 in the Category - News
Yesterday, Bishop Glyn was delighted to take part, together with crowds of other bishops, priests and lay people in celebration of Mass together with the Commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as the new Director of Forward in Faith. The church of S Alban the Martyr, Holborn was full to bursting with members of Forward in Faith as well as many of Dr Podmore's friends and former colleagues from his 25 year of service to the Church of England though his work at Church House, Westminster, his latest post being Clerk to the General Synod. On his leaving Dr Rowan Williams, who was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, commented: "Church House really will not be the same without you, and as you take up your new responsibilities [...] you can be assured that you will go with great affection and gratitude not only from your colleagues in the National Church Institutions but from the House of Bishops, the Synod and the Church of England as a whole."
The Chairman of Forward in Faith, The Right Revd Jonathan Baker, preached an excellent sermon setting the pursuit of unity at the heart of the work of Forward in Faith: "..., under our new Director, [we] will continue to speak the truth in love about those issues which exercise us, because of their impact, as we see it, on the unity and apostolicity of the Church: we ask to be heard with an equal love; we further ask that, difficult as our message is for some - including some whose presence we are so delighted by here this evening - we are judged by the best motives and intentions which can be construed from our understanding of the common faith which unites us all in Christ and which we are all called together to proclaim." Bishop Jonathan, who has recently been appointed Bishop of Fulham, concluded with an appeal to officers and members of Forward in Faith, which he said was now beginning a new phase in its young life: "Let us never give anyone the excuse to suggest that we are simply another churchy pressure group. If that is how we present ourselves, then the world will take no notice of us and our brothers and sisters in Christ will not listen. At every turn, we must abide in love."
After the joy filled celebration Bishop Glyn said, "It's been a particular pleasure for me to have worked closely with Colin for a number of years now. It is true to say that he has served the Church of England with great distinction. I look forward to the continuing pleasure and privilege of working closely with dear Colin. Along with everyone else I am sure that he will serve us with the same distinction he has served hitherto. I look forward to many more years of being supported and helped by Colin."
The Bishop of Fulham's sermon can be found here.
A further report of the celebration can be found here.
Some photos of the Mass can be found here.
Bishop Glyn Completes his First Round of Chrism Masses
Posted on the 27th Mar 2013 in the Category - News
Today, Bishop Glyn Webster concluded a series of three Chrism Masses which were celebrated across the See of Beverley, in Hartlepool, Manchester and Goldthorpe. At each a good number of priests and laypeople gathered for the annual blessing and consecration of those oils which will be used for the sacramental ministry of the church throughout the coming year. Priests and Deacons also reaffirmed those vows which they made at their ordinations.
In his homily, Bishop Glyn expressed his great sense of thanksgiving for the hugely impressive and effective ministry exercised by his brother Priests, by the Deacons and the whole People of God. He went on to remind the congregation that in spite of the present difficulties that face us a Church, we exercise our ministry by the mercy of God. Therefore, we do not need to lose heart. Finally Bishop Glyn encouraged all present to pay close attention to their own spiritual and corporate life, in order that our lives may increasingly be conformed to the likeness of Christ.
At the conclusion of his first round of Chrism Masses, Bishop Glyn spoke about the deep sense of privilege he feels at having been called to serve the clergy and people in See of Beverley.
A Statement from the Bishop of Beverley on the Appointment of Pope Francis
Posted on the 14th Mar 2013 in the Category - News
The Bishop of Beverley, Bishop Glyn Webster, welcome the appointment of Pope Francis. Bishop Glyn said, “I am sure we will all be praying for him and the Roman Catholic Church. He is clearly an inspired choice to serve the Church at this particular moment in our life. We welcome the strong emphasis of his ministry thus far of giving priority to caring for the poor and justice for all God's people.”
Posted on the 19th Feb 2013 in the Category - News
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. (Isaiah 58:12). As I read these words, the last verse of the Old Testament lesson for Ash Wednesday, I was reminded of my ordination in York Minster on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. On that day, I stood in York Minster, the ancient cathedral church of the North, a cathedral itself always being rebuilt, to be made your bishop. Surrounded by such a great number of you from across the Province, I was humbled and honoured in equal measure, and I continue to be immensely grateful to those of you who attended the service despite the weather. Though the temperature was arctic, the warmth of the congregation gathered beneath the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ could not have been greater.
In this ‘heart-warming’ service, we were both encouraged and challenged by Lord Hope to build up the whole Body of Christ in words that echo Isaiah’s:
· to raise up the foundations of many generations by proclaiming the faith passed on to us from generation to generation and which is now our own foundation,
· to repair the breach by building bridges across communities through listening to one another and respecting the differences between us, and
· to restore streets to live in by working with voluntary and statutory agencies so that all may have life in all its abundance.
Isaiah’s words were spoken in the context of a longing for reconciliation and healing, for re-creating a community of mutual care, embodying God’s loving kindness for his people in their love for one another. Lord Hope’s words were spoken in a similar context, the context we find ourselves in following General Synod’s decision in November 2012 concerning the ordination of women to the episcopate, and I share that same longing of Isaiah’s for our own community, the whole of the Church of England. As your bishop, I pledge myself to representing you and your views in the ongoing discussion in the House of Bishops on how we, though many, may remain one body.
In these difficult and uncertain times when, of necessity, our attention focuses on how we all can live together as one community, we must remember what is certain, and that is God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, and, because we can never be separated from this love, we must never lose heart nor ever be afraid. Rather, we must focus on Christ himself, both priest and victim, who calls us to declare his saving love to the whole world. It is only then that we can fulfil our calling as disciples of Christ and fulfil the vows we made at our baptisms and confirmations.
I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible, to listen your stories and to understand your views. I have greatly enjoyed the visits I have made already to parishes across the Province, and I eagerly anticipate the visits I have planned. In particular, I look forward to the Chrism masses which I am delighted to celebrate, when we can come together to renew our baptismal, diaconal and priestly vows to serve Christ and his Body, the Church. Please find below the details of the masses.
In closing, at the time of writing, the Holy Father has announced his intention to resign his office. I am sure that you will join with me in praying for him and for the Roman Catholic Church as it prepares for electing a new Pope.
Contact details and website
For the moment, the postal address and telephone number of the Bishop of Beverley’s office remain the same, until the new office in York is up and running. However, please update your email address book to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also now have a new website: www.seeofbeverley.org.uk. Please update your links on parish websites to this new address. The site still includes details of petitioning parishes, so please check your details here: www.seeofbeverley.org.uk/directory.php and email any amendments or corrections to Lynn at the email address above. (The old email address will continue to work until we move to York).
The dates for this year’s Chrism Masses are:
Tuesday 19th March S Oswald Hartlepool 1200 noon
Tuesday 26th March Manchester Cathedral 11.30am
Wednesday 27th March Goldthorpe 1200 noon
Beverley Chrism Masses 2013
Posted on the 29th Jan 2013 in the Category - News
There will be three Beverley Chrism Masses this year:
Tuesday 19th March - S Oswald Hartlepool, 12 noon
Tuesday 26th March - Manchester Cathedral, 11.30 am