Sodbury Vale benefice welcomes Bishop of Gloucester for three-day stay

Bishop of Gloucester, the Rev Michael Perham, with parishioners during a weekend visit to the Sodbury Vale benefice

Bishop of Gloucester, the Rev Michael Perham, with parishioners during a weekend visit to the Sodbury Vale benefice

First published in News Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury

CHURCH congregations in the Sodburys were treated to a weekend of wise words and communal prayer as the Bishop of Gloucester visited for three days.

Bishop Michael Perham spent the weekend in Chipping Sodbury, Old Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Horton in the first of four parish stays this year.

He held three talks, went on walks between the churches and met parishioners over prayer and refreshments.

Canon Jane Kenchington, rector of the Sodbury Vale benefice, said: “It was a really good weekend.

“A lot of people came to the various events and afterwards they said how much they enjoyed it.

“It was a good opportunity for them to get to know Bishop Michael in a much more informal setting than they would normally see.

“He was very relaxed and talked to lots of different people.”

The visit, organised by the Diocese of Gloucester, saw Bishop Michael visit St John’s Church in Chipping Sodbury, St James the Elder in Horton, St Adeline’s in Little Sodbury and St John the Baptist in Old Sodbury.

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