Last service in Spalding for Bishop

The Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Revd Dr Tim Ellis (second right) at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, with the vicar Rev John Bennett and churchwardens Marian Brassington and David Clements.  '''Photo:  SG170913-134WB. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
The Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Revd Dr Tim Ellis (second right) at St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, with the vicar Rev John Bennett and churchwardens Marian Brassington and David Clements. '''Photo: SG170913-134WB. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
0
Have your say

St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, said goodbye to the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Revd Dr Tim Ellis, at a special service on Sunday.

He stands down next week, 37 years after his ordination as a Church of England bishop nearly 13 years of ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Dr Ellis plans to move back to Sheffield and church members presented him with a sackful of daffodil bulbs from Whaplode to commemorate his time in south Lincolnshire.

He said: “i’m both sad, scared and excited about standing down after 37 years of ministry.

“Sad because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Lincolnshire and feel very much adopted by the county.

“It’s scary because I’m looking to the future, but it’s also exciting because I know there are things I want to do.

“I’m looking forward to not having the constraints of office so I can free myself to do some of the things I’ve wanted to do, the things I’ve not had the time and space to do because of being Bishop of Grantham.

“I plan to do some writing, continue with my work in secular society and spend some time with my new grandchildren.”

Rev John Bennett, Vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas, said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Bishop Tim for his last visit to Spalding before moving back to Sheffield.

“I shall miss the bishop’s warmth and friendliness but hope that he will enjoy the new possibilities that are opening up for him.”