New Bishop of Sherwood Consecration to be live streamed from York Minster
18 September 2020. With strict limits in place on numbers attending York Minster due to the Coronavirus pandemic, livestreaming will make it possible for friends, family and members of the worldwide Christian Church to enjoy the Consecration of the new Bishop of Sherwood in real time.
The Revd Dr Andrew Emerton, former Dean of St Mellitus College, will be consecrated as Bishop of Sherwood in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham on Monday 21 September. The livestream for his Consecration service will be available from 2.30 until 4.00pm on York Minster’s website at www.YorkMinster.org/Whats-On
He will be consecrated by the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, assisted by the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally and the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Paul Williams. The Archbishop of York will preside at both services. The consecration service will take place in the context of the Eucharist and will include readings, prayers, music and a sermon.
Commenting on his consecration service, Andy said: “It has been a joy for me to begin to be involved with mission and ministry across the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham since being licensed as the Bishop of Sherwood designate in July. I am very much looking forward to being consecrated by Bishop Paul in the service at York Minster and to serve under Archbishop Stephen in the Northern Province. At this time of huge challenge for so many across the country it is a privilege to be called to share the love of Christ and the good news of the Gospel with all.”
The Order of Service for the consecration will be available for download on the day on the York Minster website.
He will be a suffragan Bishop, appointed to share and support the ministry of the diocesan Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Revd Paul Williams in the Diocese, which serves a population of 1.1m across 320 churches and 75 church schools.
The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Revd Paul Williams: “I am delighted that Andy Emerton has followed God’s call to serve alongside the dedicated clergy and congregations of this diocese in making the good news of Jesus known in every community. While living through a deeply challenging time for our country through the pandemic, we remain hopeful and confident that as we work with other churches and partners we can continue to make a bigger difference for the benefit of all who live and work in our great county and city of Nottingham.
Ordained as a Priest in the Church of England (CoE) in 2006, Andy Emerton has ministered among and served communities in Glasgow, Guildford and most recently in London as Dean of St Mellitus College.
He is married to Liz and they have three school age children, sons aged 14 and 12 and a daughter aged 10. He has moved his family to north Nottingham and has a brother already living near Southwell. As well as getting to know the region Andy says he is looking forward to enjoying the area’s rich sporting heritage: “I love sport, especially playing tennis and golf and watching anything involving a ball. I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Trent Bridge and the Nottingham football grounds, although as a Liverpool fan I’m not sure what kind of reception I can expect!”
The title of the Bishop of Sherwood takes its name after the Royal Forest of Sherwood in Nottinghamshire and was established in 1965. Andy Emerton succeeds the Right Reverend Anthony Porter BA MA who retired on 22nd March 2020.
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