By the Rev Rev Dr Richard Hines
This weekend, Christians based both at the Cathedral and at MPA will be among many others wholl give a warm welcome to Bishop Stephen Venner, whose fourth visit to the Falkland Islands promises to be a busy one.
Bishop Stephen is the representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and as such he undertakes two important roles Anglican Bishop for the Falkland Islands and Bishop to HM Armed Services worldwide.
Whilst in the Islands, the Bishop will spend time with Force Chaplain Ruth Hake, who will ensure an overview of how deployed personnel of all ranks and services fare, being separated from families and friends, far from home. And on Sunday morning hell join for worship at MPAs St Cuthberts Chapel before taking lunch in the Officers Mess.
When in Stanley, Bishop Stephen will mingle with people from well beyond the Cathedrals congregation. On Saturday morning hell visit house-bound residents, take lunch at the Joint Churches Lighthouse Seamens Centre, be present at a reception to celebrate the completion of recent work to the Cathedral Clock, and drop in on the evening Barn Dance at the Parish Hall. On Monday, he plans to meet MLAs and HE Governor, before spending time with the Cathedral Council.
Rector of the Falkland Islands, Richard Hines, hopes that during his four days the bishop will gain an updated impression of the contribution Christians make to the life of the Islands and offer advice, guidance and encouragement. We expect our Songs of Praise service on Sunday evening to be one of the highlights of the visit and we look forward to what our Bishop has to say to us all.