Our diocesan website has just revised its locations map to include my Chaplaincy here in France.
The layout is interesting. Under the previous incumbent Bishop Hamlett, the ACC was a more northern phenomenon. The locations in Bolton and Manchester reflect the best of that era. Our Bishop lives in Kent and has his Episcopal See in the same city as the Primate of the Church of England. We also have other clergy in Kent and Surrey. Two outposts lie in Devon and Wales. We have a house group in Durham and efforts are being made to rebuild the parish in Whitby.
It is interesting to see that only the places of worship in Kent and Surrey – the London area – are nearer to our Bishop than I am. I really need a boat big enough to cross the Channel – patience, patience. I should be able to find a mooring almost in my Bishop’s backyard!
This balance between north and south in England is most welcome and a sign of stability in our Church. I am a born and bred northerner, but my mother was a native of Surrey. Please pray for us labouring in the Lord’s vineyard.