This month's Men's Breakfast was on the 1st March, when the new Bishop of Tewkesbury, Rt Rev Martyn Snow, was our guest. After the usual full English Fried Breakfast, Martin told us something about his background and thoughts on his new position.
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Martyn's parents worked for a missionary organisation, so he was born in Indonesia where his parent were then posted.
He left Indonesia at an early age to live with his parents in North London before he went to university in Sheffield. His life seems to have oriented around Sheffield since then, before he was appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury (Assistant to the Bishop of Gloucester)
. His daughter and two sons (all under 13 years old)
were all born in Sheffield so are having to get used to Gloucester Rugby instead of Sheffield United soccer club! (Return to top)
He graduated in Chemistry, but not finding that fulfilling, went to work for the Crown Prosecution Service before being ordained as a priest. His first job was a vicar in Guinea,West Africa.
He returned from there to be vicar in an inner city church in Sheffield before being appointed Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham, from which he was effectively head-hunted as Bishop of Tewkesbury. (Return to top)
As well as our describing some of the life of our benefice, Martyn described the church's failure to attract many teenagers today and the radical differences between their current way of life, largely orientated around mobile technology, compared to the mainstream church approach. The inherited and rather formal Church of England procedures make our church slower at introducing new ways suited to modern young people compared to some of the less regulated free churches. Never-the-less there are some notable exceptions, especially based around 'Fresh Expressions'
of church such as cell church, where small groups of like-minded people meet together in a style and on a day and time suited to them. (Return to top)
He said the first 5 months haven't been too bad, he's been able to go round the diocese and visit all the incumbents in their homes and most of the Deanery Synods, but as usual for church people, his diary is now starting to get very full!
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