Great Yarmouth’s welcome to the new Bishop of Norwich 

20th November 2019

Days after being officially enthroned at Norwich Cathedral as the 72nd Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher began his welcome tour of the diocese with a service at Great Yarmouth Minster on Monday where he was asked to repeat his commitment to the work by an 11 year old pupil from the St Nicholas Priory School.  Tony Mallion reports

BISHOPS WELCOME 2019DIn front of  a large congregation drawn from churches throughout the Yarmouth Deanery , including the Mayor Cllr Michael Jeal, the High Sherriff of Norfolk Clare Agnew and Henry Cator High Steward of Great Yarmouth, Year 6 pupil Eda Revuckaite asked the Bishop to declare that he would, by the grace of the Holy Spirit and trusting God to be his guide, walk into the future; lead the church in new paths so it would flourish and be open to new challenges which would draw people back to Christ, and do more than could be imagined
BISHOPS WELCOME 2019AEarlier in the service the Bishop said: “I come among you as your servant and pastor; humbly seeking the grace of God”.  He continued: “I take on the yoke of obedience as your Bishop and for the love of Christ I seek to do his perfect will”.  But he asked the congregation to join with him and also commit themselves to the task
BISHOPS WELCOME 2019BHe moved to the font to affirm the baptismal covenant encouraging the congregation to reaffirm their faith before sprinkling water as he walked down the aisle. He preached a sermon in which he spoke about the Bishop’s staff and Jesus as the Good Shepherd, urging people to listen for the voice of Jesus in modern society. He said “We don’t change the world by looking at it but living in it, living in the world in the way Jesus wants us to live”

BISHOPS WELCOME 2019EPrayers were led by Belton curate Viv Redpath, Martham Authorised Worship Assistant Ivy Eyre and Alyssa Bassett-Oldfield, another 11 year old pupil from the Priory School.  Two more eight year old pupils Harry Holliday and Matilde Da Silva helped with the collection.  The Total Ensemble company performed Embrace, a dance which was also featured in the Cathedral service.  A combined choir with singers from several churches, sang John Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You.  The whole service was interpreted in sign language by Rosemary Pell and Ann Richardson and members of the Norwich Deaf Church also attended

Bishop Graham was enthroned at the Cathedral on Saturday November 9th and his welcome tour continues at Cromer on November 24th; Thetford on the 25th and ends at King’s Lynn on the 27th 

photos courtesy of Tony Mallion


The Bishop’s commitment to service assisted by his Chaplain, Revd Canon Sally Theakston

2nd (right)

The Bishop at the font at the West Door

3rd (left)

The Bishop meets Colin Smith a member of the Minster Preservation Trust

4th (right)

The Total Ensemble perform Embrace


Sign language interpreter Rosemary Pell