New Bishop of Chester
June 2021: On behalf of URC Mersey, the Revd Allison Claxton recently attended the Enthronement of the 41st Bishop of Chester, Revd Mark Tanner, at Chester Cathedral.
Allison reports: 'Due to social distancing, the Cathedral wasn’t as full as in previous times, but the atmosphere was no less heavy with ceremony, with everything carefully choreographed and accompanied by the amazing voices of the Cathedral Choir and the rich sounds of the organ. Dignitaries and clergy from all over the region came to offer support and prayer to the new Bishop, who said he had struggled with what to call the event and had considered ‘Installation’ as an alternative – but he thought that made him sound like a fridge-freezer!
'Having never attended a service such as this before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but having colleagues from the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army and Churches Together in Cheshire nearby made me feel at ease amidst all the finery of the Bishops and Civic Leaders.
'Toward the end of the service, I found myself getting a little emotional as the Choir sang and the Church in all its forms rejoiced at the start of this new chapter. I am so glad I was able to attend and be (a small) part of the day.'