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Bishops from around the Anglican Communion visit St Martin’s

News St Martin – Talking Points

Tuesday 4 February 2014

On the afternoon of Monday 3 February 26 Anglican Bishops from around the Anglican Communion’s visited St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The visit was part of the week-long Canterbury-based course which aims to help new  Anglican leaders learn more about their episcopal ministry. The programme included lectures, worshops, and discussion groups on such topics as the Marks of Mission, the life and role of a bishop, liturgy, mission, and the Anglican Communion. The visit to St Martin-in-the-Fields was to look at what it means to be a church in the centre of a capital city and on the edge of the public square. The Bishops were welcomed by Revd Richard Carter who talked to them about the history, ministry, mission, and vision of this church. They were given a guided tour and visited the Connection at St Martin’s where Angela Protain spoke to them about working with homeless and vulnerable people and Richard about the new International Group. This was followed by Evening Prayer in the church with some of our choral scholars leading the singing. Then downstairs in the Café in the Crypt the staff had arranged a long table for all 26 bishops with candlesticks and there was real hospitality and sharing as the group were joined by Rod Beadles, Revd Clare Herbert and Susannah Woodd, the Chair of our International Committee

The 26 bishops come from the following Member Churches: Australia; Canada; Central Africa; South India; England; Ireland; Kenya; Korea; Lusitanian Church; Melanesia; Myanmar; Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia; Nigeria; Scotland; Southern Cone/South America; Sudan; West Africa; and the West Indies.

It was a very special visit. Several of the bishops spoke of the impact their visit to St Martin’s had on them and the vision of all that was possible in a church at the centre of a city.  It was a wonderful experience of the breadth of our Anglican Communion and the ministry we share.