Somersham churchyard extension given blessing by Bishop of Ely

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Blessings were given to the extension of a churchyard by the Bishop of Ely.

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Bishop Stephen visited St John the Baptist Church in Somersham last Monday (July 6).

The Rector for the Benefice of Somersham, Reverend Susan Simpson, said: “It was a beautiful day.

“It is the bishop that usually does the consecrations – but it is rare for him to visit Somersham.”

As a part of his visit the bishop was accompanied by children from Somersham County Primary and Whitehall Independent School who took part in a joint assembly in Somersham School.

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“The children from both the schools had learnt a song which they sung together to the Bishop what was amazing.

“During the assembly he told the children what his role was and about the objects he was wearing and what they meant,” said Revd Simpson.

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Then a short service was held in the churchyard assisted by the children who said a special prayer of blessing at fives places around the prepared ground.

“He really wanted the children there which was fantastic. During the blessing he said the prayer but some of the children held onto his staff and others held onto the church wardens staffs.”

The bishop was accompanied by the Rector Reverend Susan Simpson, Reverend Bruce Daniels and church wardens Eddie Howlett and Alan Draper.

Many members of the parish council and the community witnessed the momentous event which was followed by refreshments in the church where the legal documents were signed.

“Some of the volunteers were there that keep the churchyard looking nice and the bishop commented on how it looked which was nice,” said Rev Simpson.

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