Rock of Ages

02 November 2006

WHEN they visited Burrington Combe in Somerset recently, five Zambian bishops took shelter in the same cleft in the rock where, in 1775, Augustus Toplady wrote the hymn "Rock of Ages".

It was particularly appropriate for Bishop William Muchombo of Eastern Zambia (left), as he had in his pocket his phone with that tune as a ringtone.

The bishops have been visiting England for an international bishops' conference at Canterbury, but all of their dioceses are linked with Bath & Wells; so they have been visiting that diocese to strengthen their friendship.

Bishop Derek Kamukwamba, next to Bishop Muchombo, also visited the tiny parish of Kenn in north Somerset, which recently raised the money to build a priest's house in one of his own villages. The other three bishops are ( left to right) Bishop Robert Mumbi of Luapula, Bishop David Njovu of Lusaka, who is about to take over as chairman of the Zambian Anglican Council, and (standing) Bishop Albert Chama of Northern Zambia.

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