Sometimes primary school children ask, “What does a Bishop do?”. Answering, well I go to church a lot and sit through hundreds of meetings doesn’t exactly sell religion or church.
This weekend has been better:
On Saturday morning I took the road bike (aluminium frame, Bontrager and Shimano bits, Fulcrum wheels) into Salisbury for the 64 mile Wiltshire sportive. “This is not a race” the man said. So we set off gently until we were out of sight of the start and then raced off. 4000 odd feet of climbing and a strong headwind which turned round all day giving relentless wind in your face the whole way. So I was reasonably please with 4 hours (not racing of course).
Back home to soak in the bath and then into gold cope and mitre to confirm 50 people in Salisbury Cathedral.
This morning (Sunday) off to Upper Studley for their patronal festival, after an interview on BBC Wiltshire. A packed church and the choir from the Primary School. Lunch afterwards in the church hall. Lots of creamy puddings.
Back home to release the dogs and get changed out of posh Bishop”s clothes and then off to Devizes to abseil down the 100ft tower of St Mary’s for Christian AI’d. Another radio interview, a drive across to Bath for a meal with old friends before finally returning home where the dogs were pleased to see us once more.
Application”s for Bishops’ jobs should be sent to Church House Westminster.