It’s surprising how varied a day’s work can be for a Bishop. In two days this week, the Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Richard Pain has led a remembrance service at a steelworks, blessed a new £90million shopping centre and met with an Isreali Youth delegation.
Bishop Richard says: “The Church should be outward-looking and engage with the society in which we live. It has been a particular privilege this week to bring Christ to a number of wide-ranging situations within the local community.”
On Wednesday, Bishop Richard led the staff at Tata Steel, Llanwern as they marked Remembrance Day; on Thursday morning he formally blessed the new Friars Walk shopping centre in Newport City Centre, as part of the opening ceremony, alongside the leader of Newport City Council, Cllr Bob Bright, and First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM. Later in the day, he hosted the Isreali Youth Delegation and attended the AGM of Friends of Newport Cathedral. A range of situations and people which all give the Church and the Bishop the opportunity to share God’s love with the diverse community within the Diocese.
Speaking of the opening of Friars Walk, Bishop Richard added: “It was a pleasure and honour to be asked to bless Friars Walk. I think it is the biggest single structure I have blest, and I pray that it helps the prosperity of Newport and becomes a focal point for the city centre.”