Two new Bishops to be consecrated in two services taking place at York Minster

On Monday 21 September two new Bishops will be consecrated in two services taking place at York Minster hosted by the Dean with the new Archbishop of York. The services will observe the necessary restrictions, including limited numbers due to the coronavirus. In a new pattern of consecrations during this time, the Archbishops of York and Canterbury are also inviting other bishops to conduct the consecrations.

The Revd Dr Andrew Emerton, former Dean of St Mellitus College, London, will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherwood in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham. Andy will be consecrated by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Revd Paul Butler, assisted by the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally and the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, Paul Williams.

In the morning of the same day, the Revd Canon Sophie Jelley, former Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Durham and Canon Missioner at Durham Cathedral, will also be consecrated as Bishop of Doncaster in the Diocese of Sheffield.

Welcoming Andy’s consecration, The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Right Revd Paul Williams said: “I am very thankful that Archbishop Stephen has confirmed that Andy Emerton will be consecrated Bishop of Sherwood on 21st September and delighted this will take place at York Minster, albeit with understandable restrictions at this present time.

We greatly look forward to Andy’s ministry among us as bishop and to the part he will play in growing the Kingdom of God in this part of the East Midlands, alongside many other lay and ordained leaders. One of his first tasks will be to share with me in the ordination of 20 new priests and deacons on his first weekend as bishop.”

Looking forward to his consecration, Andy says, “I am delighted that I will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherwood in September. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to engage in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as Bishop-designate, but am looking forward to entering fully into episcopal ministry, especially as one of my first official responsibilities will be to support Bishop Paul at the ordination of deacons and priests in Southwell Minster at the end of September”

Sophie and Andy’s consecration services will take place in the context of the Eucharist and will include readings, prayers, music and a sermon. The services will be held under careful guidelines because of the Coronavirus pandemic with strict limits on the numbers attending. Both services will be live-streamed via You Tube so that friends, family and congregations can experience the services.