Members of the congregation hired a mini-bus and went to London to witness Fr Bob's installation as Sacrist of Westminster. He was installed by David Michael Hoyle, Dean of the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter in Westminster during Choral Evensong on the 19th September 2021, The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity.
The Abbey is magnificent. Father Bob seemed confident and comfortable on this auspicious occasion and it was moving that All Saints' Church and the Fromeside Benefice had played an important part in preparing him for this role.
As Sacrist Father Bob will share responsibility for ordering public worship in the Abbey. He is charged with helping to maintain excellence in the Abbey's common worship: diligence in study and in preaching the word of God and sharing with colleagues in ministering to the needs of those who come to the Abbey.
We met with Father Bob after the service, said our fond farewells and wished him and David 'God's speed' on the next step of their journey.