WORSHIPPERS in three villages met a Kenyan bishop to discuss a legacy for a late parishioner.
The members of churches in Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate (ABE) talked to Bishop Stephen Kabora about the hopes for an Anglican secondary school in his diocese.
Work on the school was begun in 2013 as a result of a legacy from the late Gillian Cosser.
The school, due to be finished next year, is planned to be a boarding school for the many orphaned children who have lost parents through Aids.
Canon Cosser worked most of her adult life for the CMS missionary society in Nakuru, now the diocese of Nyaharuru, in which Bishop Stephen is based.
But she also had a home in Barnham and supported the ministry team in the parish of ABE.
The latter part of her life was spent in England where she focused her energies on raising money for the theological training of new priests in Nakuru.
In return, the parish of ABE was also able to host a visit of at least one trainee priest from Nakuru.
Fundraising in Kenya continues for the planned school. Talks took place during Bishop Stephen’s visit about how the parish could help.
Bishop Stephen and his wife, Eunice, were taken on a tour of the parish churches of St Mary the Virgin in Barnham, St George’s in Eastergate and St Mary’s in Aldingbourne where they enjoyed lunch provided by the Mothers’ Union.
The Rev Sheila Higgins, an assistant priest in the parish, said: “Twenty-five of us sat down to a lovely buffet lunch in the church.
“It was a very joyful affair and I am very grateful indeed to the Mothers’ Union and, in particular to Sharon Priest, our local branch leader, for organising all this. The bishop spoke very movingly to us all about several issues close to his heart.”
The primary purpose of Bishop Stephen’s visit to the Chichester diocese was to discover how English parishes operated and to re-inforce the links which began with the late Canon Cossar. Bishop Stephen came to Sussex after a conference in Canterbury hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
He also met Martin Warner, bishop of Chichester.