A farewell service for the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow will take place at Gloucester Cathedral this Saturday, 12 March at 4.30pm.
Bishop Martyn will be leaving to take on a new role as the Bishop of Leicester, where at the age of 48, he will be the youngest diocesan bishop currently serving in the Church of England.
Bishop Martyn was Acting Diocesan Bishop during the recruitment process for the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek.
Bishop Martyn said, “I’m looking forward to leading my final service at Gloucester Cathedral. This gives me the opportunity to thank the people of Gloucestershire for their wonderfully warm and generous welcome to me and my family during our all-too-brief stay in the county.
“It has been a privilege to serve as Bishop of Tewkesbury and in particular to work with Bishop Rachel and all the ministers of the diocese. I only hope I don’t get too emotional as I say a final prayer of blessing on the people of this amazing place.”
Bishop Rachel said, “I have deeply appreciated Bishop Martyn's friendship, support and collegiality over the past months. Whilst I am sad that Bishop Martyn will be leaving us so early on in my ministry here, I am convinced that today’s announcement marks a very natural and appropriate step for him. Bishop Martyn’s gifts and experience will be richly used in Leicester. “
All are welcome to worship with Bishop Martyn and say their goodbyes to him, his wife Lynn and his children.
Listen to his final interview with Richard Atkins on BBC Radio Gloucestershire last Sunday.