Bishop Tim, (the Bishop of Winchester and senior bishop in the diocese) has announced that he is standing down from his post. The pandemic has forced a lot of change in the diocese and it became clear that +Tim had lost the trust of quite a few people throughout the diocese over a number of years. So after a period of reflection and discussion, he’s announced his intention to retire early and will be handing over his responsibilities over the coming months.
Bishop Debbie (the Bishop of Southampton) has done a great job at steering the diocese over last few months. Bishop David (the Bishop of Basingstoke) will resume his duties and a recently retired diocesan bishop will help Debbie and David over the coming months.
It's clear that there's a lot of pain in the diocese and need for healing. Please pray for Bishops Tim, Debbie and David and all who are involved in this process - that somehow God would bring good things out of this painful season.
Bishop Tim’s video announcement is below.