You may have seen in the paper or on the news, that the appointment of the new Bishop of Norwich has been announced.
Graham Usher, who is currently the Bishop of Dudley, will take up his new role in the late autumn, and will become the 72nd Bishop of Norwich.
At the age of 48, he is one of the youngest Bishops in the Church of England.
Graham was ordained in 1996, and began his ministry in Middlesbrough in the Diocese of York, first as curate at Nunthorpe, and then as Vicar of Holy Trinity, North Ormesby. In 2004 he became Rector of Hexham in the Diocese of Newcastle and also the Area Dean. He was appointed Honorary Canon of St Cyprian’s Cathedral in Kumasi, Ghana, where he spent his early childhood.
And in 2014 he was appointed Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester.
He is married to Rachel, who is a GP, and they have two teenage children, and two dogs, Abbie and Farne, who I am sure will enjoy a run on our beaches.!
In his interview on the local news, Bishop Graham said how much he is looking forward to coming here, and getting to know local communities. So I hope that we will be able to welcome him and his family to our area before too long.
Please hold Graham, his wife Rachel and their family in your prayers.
Please continue to pray too for our own Bishop Alan, a regular visitor to the Coastal Group, as he continues to hold the responsibilities as the acting Bishop of Norwich until Bishop Graham is in post.