Welcome To April

Posted at midday (British Summer Time) on Tuesday 1 April 2014.

It is said that April Fool’s Day has distant origins in the Roman festival of Hilaria (whence our word “hilarity”) and the medieval Feast of fools. In the best media traditions we trust you appreciated our fanciful ideas to mark April Fool.

Reactions from around the diocese included an application from recently retired Archdeacon David Sutch who wrote; “I am about to undergo plastic surgery to have one hand and eye removed so that I shall have a hook and eye patch. Please may I apply for the job on S S Worth please? Pirate Padre.

You can find the original story below if you want a belated smile.

The official story is that the launch of S S Worth has been delayed pending a full debate on the issue in General Synod!


The Diocese in Europe is today announcing another unique development in mission and ministry with the official launch of a floating church which can provide worship for many locations within Europe.

Details have been kept secret during many months of planning and development but today senior officials confirmed the plans.

The S. S. Worth will make its maiden voyage from Marseilles and call at port locations in Spain, Portugal, Morocco and the Atlantic islands before heading deeper into the Mediterranean to drop anchor in Istanbul.

Recruiting is due soon for a resident on-board chaplain who will lead services and provide locum cover during interregnums or clergy holidays at ports of call.

The ship is fitted out with a worship area, to be named The Tufton Tabernacle, and a suite of cabins where visitors can be accommodated. It is hoped that in June 2015 SS Worth may cruise up the Rhine and moor in Cologne to offer an alternative venue for the Diocesan Synod, currently held in the city.

A diocesan official, who did not wish to be named, said “Once again our diocese with its slender resources is steaming ahead and leaving the rest of the Church of England trailing in our wake. We are sure that wherever our floating church calls its unique ensign featuring the Diocesan coat of arms flying alongside the European flag will assure people that our faith is buoyant.”

Reports from the formal launch ceremony will be published here at 12 noon today.

SS Worth