Great Yarmouth’s welcome service for new bishop 

15th November 2019


A special service will take place in Great Yarmouth Minster on Monday 18th November at 7pm to welcome the new Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham Usher.  Tony Rothe, Network East Norfolk, reports

Bishop Graham's enthronement as the seventy-second Bishop of Norwich took place on Saturday 9th November in Norwich Cathedral. To ensure as many people as possible can welcome the new Bishop, additional services of welcome are being held in Great Yarmouth, Cromer, Thetford, and King’s Lynn. These services are open to all and include elements from the Cathedral service with the addition of locally organised worship
Speaking about the start of his ministry and looking ahead to these services, Bishop Graham said:  “It’s a great honour to have been called to serve among the people of Norfolk and Waveney as Bishop of Norwich. I'm excited about the opportunities to meet this county's fantastic people and see some more of this beautiful place at these five services of welcome.  “I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, and getting to know you and your wonderful communities, as together we continue to seek to live out Jesus Christ’s call to love God and our neighbours”
The Bishop visited Great Yarmouth in September and was particularly struck by the resilience shown by some young people he had a conversation with the local youth club run by East Norfolk Youth for Christ

The Rector of Great Yarmouth Revd Canon Simon Ward said:  “It is a joy to host Bishop Graham on the first of his Services of Welcome around his diocese. I know that many people in Great Yarmouth and beyond are looking forward to welcoming and praying for their new bishop and I am sure it will be a memorable evening”
Refreshments after the service will be served by volunteers from Great Yarmouth Pathway who serve over 300 free, hot lunches to homeless and vulnerable people
Bishop Graham was nominated as Bishop of Norwich by Her Majesty the Queen in May 2019.  He was legally confirmed as the bishop in June and moved with his family to Norwich during the summer
The Diocese of Norwich covers 1,800 square miles, with a population of around 879,000, and this vast area is organised into 20 smaller areas called deaneries.  Bishop Graham is visiting each deanery over his first six months to listen and learn about the local communities, churches and schools