(Vacant but supported by Margaret Groves and the ministry team) The Diocese of Arochukwu / Ohafia – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) (Aba Province)
In a glorious weekend of ordinations the sun outshone the rain to welcome our deacon and priest ordinands. In three services held led by Bishop Paul and Bishop Andy on Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th July, nine priest and five deacons were ordained.First photo: Our first priest group, ordained at 1.30pm on Saturday
Petertide refers to the Sunday nearest to St Peter’s Day on 29 June and is traditionally one of the periods in the Anglican church for the ordination for new priests and deacons. We are delighted to be able return to this tradition this year.
During a very happy and sunny occasion to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on Sunday 13th June 2021, Bishop Paul gave his sermon in a service attended by the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Harminder Singh Dua, Professor of Ophthalmology in the School of Medicine at Nottingham University and his wife, both seen here with Dean Nicola Sullivan.
2020 was an unprecedented year. One that we will not quickly forget. It was dominated by Covid-19 and all the tragic ramifications of that. Untimely death, economic woe and perhaps hardest of all for many of us, significant restrictions on our lives. We all, in our own ways, experienced levels of loneliness and painful loss, having to face up to not being able to pursue our usual routines or engage in life as we are used to doing.
In a sermon given at the Midnight service in Southwell Minster, Bishop Paul spoke about the shining hope held out in the events of the first Christmas.