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Farewell to Bishop Peter

9th Jul 2021

A farewell service for the Right Revd Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, took place at Chelmsford Cathedral last Sunday, 4 July.

A small number of colleagues and friends came together to say farewell to Bishop Peter and his wife Ellen and to thank them for their ministry in Chelmsford Diocese. The service was also live streamed so that people could join in the service online.

The service was followed by a presentation of gifts and cards.

Watch the service here

Bishop Peter and Ellen will retire to Newark in Nottinghamshire.

Speaking when he announced his retirement back in March this year, Bishop Peter said:

"It will be tough to leave an Area, a Diocese and so many people we have grown to love and appreciate, especially at such a demanding and exciting time for the Gospel. After saying our goodbyes we look forward to what the Lord has ahead for us in the East Midlands, as we return to another diocese we love and which formed us in ministry.  It was a real Godly surprise and privilege to be called to East London and Essex and it has been a great discipleship adventure.

The Barking Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Chelmsford will always be in my heart and prayers.”

Bishop Peter become Bishop of Barking in 2014, He had oversight for parishes and worship communities the Barking Episcopal Area - an area covering West Essex and the East London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.   

Bishop Peter also lead Diocesan mission initiatives on refugee ministry, affordable housing and new worshipping communities.


Pictured above: Bishop Peter at his farewell service with the Barking Area Archdeacons - The Ven Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham, The Ven Vanessa Herrick, Archdeacon of Harlow and The Ven Chris Burke, Archdeacon of Barking