Despite the bitter cold wind, snow and ice the Church was packed with members of the congregation, long-standing friends of Tom and Joanna (many of whom had travelled from far afield to be present) and the leading members of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire civic society -most of whom were persuaded to sign the Order of Service shown at the left by the Parish Autograph Hunter…
The Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, lead the service and preached powerfully on the theme of St. Mary’s long history -and bright future, with it’s new leadership- of nurturing the young in a spirit of wonder, love and praise. A PDF copy of his sermon is available here.
Having sworn his oaths and signed his declarations, six tolls of the tenor bell announced the beginning of his ministry at St. Mary’s.
It is an exciting time for all at St. Mary’s: we are confident that with Tom’s guidance, we will be able to meet future challenges and opportunities for expanding our mission to the City of Nottingham.