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A Celebration of Creation

" ... and it was very good."

This passage from Genesis (1:31) was the inspiration for the 2021 Annual Service of the Friends of the Diocese in Europe, which took place on Monday, 25 October, which was live-streamed from the Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Brussels.  Bishop Robert was the Celebrant and the liturgical Deacon was the Revd Elizabeth Bussmann, the Diocesan Environment Officer. The preacher was Canon Alan Strange, Bishop Robert's Chaplain.  Members of the Friends' Committee were involved in the Readings and leading the Intercessions. The sermon included examples from the east of the Diocese, where Christians have faced disasters and taken action.  The hymns reflected the theme of the Service, which concluded with music from Joseph Haydn’s “Creation”.

At a time when we are yearning for the worst effects of the global Pandemic to pass, the service celebrated God's Creation, and why our Faith is a constant source of hope for us.

The Committee of the Friends of the Diocese thanks the Chancellor and Churchwardens of the Pro-Cathedral for their warm welcome and for making the building available together with the technical equipment, which made live-streaming the service possible.

Many Friends from the UK, mainland Europe and beyond joined the service.



The Friends’ Committee, with the support of staff of the Diocesan and Bishops’ offices, hosted a virtual Service and Event on Tuesday, 20 October 2020.  This was a Service of Celebration on the theme of 'Vocation and Service'.  For a copy of the Liturgy, click here.

Those who took  part in the Service and Event, conducted by a Chaplain in the Diocese, included The Bishop, Suffragan Bishop and members of the Friends’ Committee. There were contributions from the Director of Lay Ministry; two Ministry Experience Scheme interns on placement in the Diocese; and, the Director of Communications. The music was provided by the organist of St Matthew's Church, Westminster, London.

Read a report of the Service here.


For a picture of some members of the Friends enjoying the 2019 after service lunch, click here.

Here are some photos from the 2018 Annual Service & Lunch at St Mark's Church, Regent's Park, London:




The Friends’ Committee met by Zoom on 22 February 2022.

Three grants to assist with language tuition (Italian, French and Dutch) were approved. The recipients have been informed and have indicated how grateful they are for the support given.

The annual support given by the Friends to assist with the funding of stipendiary curates in the Diocese continues and it is much appreciated.

Discussions are now underway for the next Friends' Service, which it is hoped will take place in early Autumn.  Further information will be published as and when it becomes available.

Grant Applications

The date of the next meeting at which applications for grants can be considered is: 5th July 2022.

Applications to be sent to the Honorary Secretary by 14 June 2022 at the latest



On Wednesday 5 July, 2017 the Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner presided over the funeral at Chichester Cathedral of The Right Reverend Dr Douglas Geoffrey Rowell, former Bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams attended along with senior church representatives from Turkey and the Middle East.
Picture by Christopher Ison at Chichester Cathedral

The text of Archbishop Rowan's sermon in the Solemn Requiem for Bishop Geoffrey Rowell can be found here - Sermon by the Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams

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