The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, made a swift trip to Bexhill during his Lent Prayer Pilgramage which saw him biking around the Sussex coastline on his beloved Harley Davidson as well as walking and being driven.
Bishop Richard travelled from Rye to Shoreham visiting people, places and parishes. Using a mix of transport which also included the odd lift in a car he visited every Church of England parish along the coastline praying in each of the church buildings he entered.
Bishop Richard said: “We are approaching Holy Week and Easter and the Diocese is planning to launch its new strategy in May, so I wanted some time to visit people, places and parishes and to pray as I go.”
For instance in one day locally Bishop Richard visited St Nicolas’s Church in Pevensey, St Mary’s Church in Westham, St Richard’s Church in Langney, St Andrew’s Church in Eastbourne, Christ Church in Eastbourne, Holy Trinity Church in Eastbourne, All Saints Church in Eastbourne and St John’s Church in Meads. But he also found time to call into St Peter’s church in Old Town to attend Evening Prayer and be presented with a stole by members of the St Peter’s Sewing Guild.
Church member Pat Newell reported: “The members of St. Peter’s Sewing Vestry Guild had been making a Pentecostal stole for him over the last few months.
The stole was designed by Hilda Gold and she did most of the work.
“There was input by Marian Stevens and Pat Newell.
The stole has the Pentecostal flames, described by St. Luke in Acts, chapter two. It has the saving cross of Christ and the Dove representing the Holy Spirit. On the reverse is embroidered his intials RJ on one end and a Harley Davidson motorbike, because Bishop Richard travels around the diocese on a Harley, on the other end. To say the Bishop was thrilled was an understatement.”