As one of my last duties as Bishop of the Diocese I write to commend the Bishop’s Advent Appeal to you all. This comes with the endorsement of Bishop David and the Archdeacons and Senior Staff of the Diocese.

            The Diocese has a number of twinning links – with the Diocese of Visby and the Swedish Church Abroad, with the Diocese of Luweero in Uganda (linked particularly with the North-West Archdeaconry) and the Diocese of Peru (linked particularly with the Gibraltar Archdeaconry). Bishop Bill Godfrey of Peru, whom I know well, has visited the Gibraltar Archdeaconry Synod on a number of occasions, and this year’s Advent Appeal is for a project in his Diocese. It is focussed on the San Mateo Mission and School on the edge of a shanty town on the north-east of Lima. As you will see from the attached information this is a clearly practical project which will make a real and significant difference in a place of real need, and assist the educational and spiritual development of children. I need not say how important this is as part of Christian witness and service. As we prepare for Christmas, and remember with awe and wonder the love of God shown in his coming among us in the fragility and poverty of the child born in a cow-byre at Bethlehem, I commend this project to you for your support this Advent. Please give generously, and find imaginative ways of raising money for this.

With every blessing,


November, 2013

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