Bishop takes tour of town

Bishop Paul Bayes with Rev David Eastwood of St Helens Parish Church chats to shoppers during a visit to St Helens
Bishop Paul Bayes with Rev David Eastwood of St Helens Parish Church chats to shoppers during a visit to St Helens
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The newly-appointed Bishop of Liverpool has made his first visit to St Helens.

The Rt Rev Bishop Paul Bayes was taken on a tour of the town centre by Rev David Eastwood, the Rector of St Helens Parish Church and Area Dean.

After spending time at the Parish Church he visited the Hope Centre, chatting to staff about their work with homeless and vulnerable people in the town.

Bishop Bayes then moved on to the town hall where he met St Helens mayor Geoff Pearl, the council’s chief executive Carole Hudson as well as leading politicians.

He also visited the Millennium Centre before ending his visit with a trip to the World of Glass for lunch with the museum’s boss Ron Helsby, executive director Lady Kirsty Pilkington and a host of business leaders.

After lunch, he was then treated to a master class in glass blowing!

Bishop Bayes said: “It’s important for me to remember that being Bishop of Liverpool means more than just the city. So before I get installed I am seeing as much of our diocese as possible and hearing from hearing from civic and community leaders about the challenges they face and from church leaders about what the churches are doing to help.

“I got such a warm welcome from everyone I met in St Helens which was really encouraging and I look forward to getting to know more as my ministry progresses.”

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