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           From the Vicarage


Have you ever met Bishop Nick Baines? You may have heard him either on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day or on Radio 2 with Chris Evans. His title is Bishop of Leeds – the bishop of our diocese which extends from Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax across to the Pennines and right up to the River Tees. It is a vast area and includes the remote Dales and deeply deprived inner city areas as well as market towns and the largest garrison of the British army. As well as his diocesan responsibilities Bishop Nick sits in the House of Lords and meets with other Bishops  to consider the many issues which face the Church of England and the world wide Anglican church.

So why is he coming to St Oswald’s Collingham on the 19th November? He will be with us at 4pm as our confirmation candidates make their commitment to follow Jesus Christ. And this part of his work is every bit as important as that on the wider stage. When a parish priest is licensed to a parish the bishop entrusts to them ‘the cure of souls which is yours and mine’ Cure is an old fashioned word for care and Bishop Nick has a care for all the souls in Collingham and on this particular occasion for those who are joining the church family.  His presence with us reminds us that we are family both here and as part of the church across the world.

Coming to a church service at 4pm is something that may require a little reorganisation of your routine but why not do it. Join us to support the candidates and to hear what Bishop Nick has to say. You could make it an occasion to rethink your own commitment to Christ or you may simply be interested. Wherever you are on your Christian journey you are very welcome and it would be good to show Bishop Nick something of our life here at St Oswald’s. If you are not able to be there please say a prayer for the candidates.

Every blessing


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