WHEN the new Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, was installed on 20 September, he was able to speak to congregations in all his churches by means of a DVD he had prepared earlier. It showed him visiting his new diocese, and speaking from the top of St Mary’s tower, in Fratton.
His installation in Portsmouth Cathedral was a splendid affair. As soon as the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Ven. Sheila Watson, enthroned him, a ten-year-old girl reminded him of Jesus’s words, that all are children of God. Then the Royal Marines sounded a fanfare.
Young people were much involved in the service, including five who laid hands on the Bishop to pray silently for his ministry. After the service was over, he went outside (above) to be greeted by the community.