Derby Cathedral will host a farewell service for Bishop Alastair at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 14 July. All are welcome to come along.
The service will be a celebration of Bishop Alastair’s 13 years in the Diocese of Derby and reflect other aspects of his work, such as the fight against modern slavery.
It will feature readings from HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and Canon Caroline Redfern, Bishop Alastair’s wife.
Tributes will be given by some of the Bishop’s present and former colleagues and associates from the Diocese and beyond. The Bishop himself will deliver the sermon.
The Dean of Derby, the Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, said: “We are very much looking forward to gathering with Bishop Alastair and so many others to give thanks for his time as Bishop of Derby and to pray God’s blessing on all that lies ahead.
“We hope many from across the Diocese will come to make this a truly memorable occasion.”
The cathedral will have visual displays from children in Derbyshire’s Church of England schools as they show their appreciation, and from the deaneries (administrative areas) in the Diocese of Derby.
All are welcome to come along to the service and to join us for refreshments and ice cream afterwards.