The Archbishop will explain the role of a bishop as one who is called to serve and care for the flock of Christ; to nurture God's people in the life of the Spirit and lead them in the way of holiness and to proclaim the gospel boldly, confront injustice and work for righteousness and peace in all the world. He will also ask Graham if he is ready to devote himself to this new ministry.

Graham said: "I'm really looking forward, though with some degree of apprehension, to the Ordination and Consecration service in St Paul's Cathedral. I'm humbled that so many people want to be there or have assured me of their prayers.

"The day has involved so many different people in its planning, for which I'm most grateful, and I'm delighted that close friends will be joining the Archbishop of Canterbury and the other bishops in taking part in the service. A particular joy will be having music representing many different strands from my Christian journey.

"Whilst such occasions do have a tendency to focus on an individual, the service is a celebration of the many different gifts that the Church gives and receives, and as such will encourage us all as we seek to follow Jesus and serve our neighbour.

As they say in the Black Country, it will be bostin!"

"As they say in the Black Country, it will be bostin!"
Graham Usher

Graham will be formally welcomed to the Diocese of Worcester on Saturday 3 May at a service at Top Church, Dudley at 4pm and then installed in Worcester Cathedral at Evensong at 4pm on Sunday 4 May. His ministry in the Diocese, working alongside the Bishop of Worcester, will begin after these services.

ENDS

The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk