Bishop Peter and his wife Jane have sent their thank to all in the Diocese of Winchester as they get ready to leave Hampshire for the Diocese of Bath and Wells:
As we prepare to leave Winchester Diocese, which has been our home for the last four years, we want to thank all of those who have supported and prayed for us during our time here. It has been a real joy and privilege to share with you in serving the parishes and communities of the diocese and we have enjoyed the friendships and fellowship we have made.
We have so much to thank the Lord for, and as we go we take with us many wonderful memories. We have been so happy here and it was with sad hearts that we said our formal farewells in the Cathedral on 12 April. We do also want to thank everyone for the generous gifts which we received. Jane’s flowers are still on display in the house and the pictures of the Crypt of the Cathedral and of St Michael’s Basingstoke East Window are all ready to be packed and will be one of the first things to be put up when we get to Wells. Thank you too for the most generous cheque we were given. It was extremely kind of you and we will spend it on something which will not only be useful, but which will remind us of you all. Please come and see us when we have settled down – we would love to see you and to show you round the Palace and Cathedral – both of which are truly lovely.
We would also value your prayers as we take up this new and exciting responsibility. As I write, the issues about where we are to live are still being debated, but we are all set to begin moving on 2 June in order that we will be in Wells in time for my Installation Service in the Cathedral on 7 June. As I said in my farewell sermon, quoting St Paul, please pray that ‘God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ.’
May the Lord bless you richly in all that you do for him.
With warm Christian greetings,
Bishop Peter and Jane