Worshippers at St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, welcomed a special guest to their service on Sunday when the new Bishop of Grantham made his first visit to the area.
The Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain (pictured left with Father Jonathan Sibley), who was appointed last September, led his first baptism, communion and confirmation service at a church in South Holland less than three months after moving into the county from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Mr Chamberlain was born in Middlesex but grew up in Chester and has spent his entire educational and ministerial life in Scotland and the north of England, including Durham, Edinburgh and Jesmond, Tyne and Wear.
He said: “I’m settling in very well, people have been very welcoming and I’m beginning to find my way around, more in the south of the Diocese of Lincoln.
“I will be working across the whole of the Diocese of Lincoln, with parishes, clergies, ministers and congregations to try and encourage all of us in our Christian lives and Christian ministeries so that we can, together, live out the ministry that is right for us and right for this area now.
“Obviously, it’s different being not just in one or two parishes, or a small group of parishes as I have been up until now.
“Sharing a responsibility across the whole of the diocese is a wonderful thing because you can go to places, see people and recognise their strength of character, their faith and try to be alongside them and encourage them.
You can go to places, see people and recognise their strength of character, their faith and try to be alongside them and encourage themThe Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, Bishop of Grantham
“I think that’s the way in which I’m looking forward to living out my commitment, even though it’s a big thing to do
“I’d like it to be a ministry in which, as far as possible, you can celebrate the gift of life (because) I do genuinely believe that every human being matters.”