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RELIGION: Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat

TWO BISHOPS have taken to the water to bridge the gap between historic boundaries, and mark the end of an ancient divide.

TWO BISHOPS have taken to the water to bridge the gap between historic boundaries, and mark the end of an ancient divide.The River Nene has acted as a boundary for the Church of England for centuries.

Since 1541, churches to the south of the river came under the control of the Bishop of Ely, and those to the north were looked after by the Bishop of Peterborough.

Now, to recognise the growth of the city, churches and parishioners who live in Stanground and Fletton will come under the care of the Bishop of Peterborough.

To mark the change – and to make sure the handover was accurate – the bishops shook hands in a boat in the middle of the River Nene.

At a special service at Hampton Primary School on Friday, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Rev Dr Anthony Russell, signed a letter empowering the Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Ian Cundy, to act on behalf of the Church of England for the whole of the city.

Bishop Cundy said: "Churches south of the River Nene are within sight of our cathedral, and their members are already involved in inter-church activities in the city.

"It has seemed logical for a long time that we should co-operate across historic boundaries in our common task of serving the spiritual needs of the city, and today that becomes a reality."

 

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