Bishop Sarah’s farewell service
HUNDREDS came to Exeter Cathedral to say farewell to Bishop Sarah, as she leaves Crediton to take up her new role as Bishop of London.
The service had been postponed due to snow a month ago, and took place in glorious sunshine.
In her farewell sermon, Bishop Sarah said: “Since I have been in Devon I have seen much which has given me encouragement; The way in which the farming community protect and enhance our environment, the stories of excellent care which come out of the NHS and we have a Church which is showing signs of life.
“We should be encouraged and people of hope.
“Across Devon the Church remains at the heart of many of our communities – churches at Christmas and Easter were full of people from their villages, churches are providing activities which are reducing loneliness, and churches are supporting food banks and credit unions. 28,000 children attend one of our church schools and I have seen children praying and leading worship with confidence and with faith. Small rural churches are not failed big churches when their participation rates are much larger than many urban convocations. Our urban churches are often the places where we see cross generational participation and who reach out to those on the margins. Chaplains across the diocese are engaging with people who have no faith but are still spiritual.”
Bishop Sarah will be installed in St Paul’s Cathedral in May.