The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek has been installed as the Bishop of Gloucester in an inauguration service at Gloucester Cathedral.
More than 1,000 people gathered for the special service to welcome her to the role, with thousands more watching the event live on YouTube.
During the service, Bishop Rachel was presented with her pastoral staff and was placed in her cathedra (or bishop’s chair) by the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Venerable Sheila Watson, on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
She also preached her first sermon in Gloucester as the bishop, calling on Christians to step up and be part of the wider community as they seek their own calling.
Bishop Rachel said: “It’s not about us all being huddled into the Cathedral like a little social club of Christians. It is actually about how we live out our lives as Christians and engage with very real issues both at home and further afield.
“I’m really passionate about people, followers of Jesus, living out their calling. When you are baptised to follow Christ, you are invited to follow Christ in all the different places of your life. That’s what I want us to do throughout Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.”
Bishop Rachel also thanked everybody for the kindness and hospitality they had shown her and her husband, Guy, during the move to the area.
She said: “Although Guy and I have only lived here for a few weeks, we have felt really at home, not least because the people are so warm and welcoming and friendly. It’s wonderful to be here among the people who I am going to be serving. It felt like this was the home crowd welcoming me. This has been humbling and pretty overwhelming as well.”
People from as far afield as California and Crete joined more than 2,200 viewers as they watched the service live on the Diocese of Gloucester’s YouTube channel. The full service can still be viewed at http://bit.ly/1JesAjW.