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Bishop’s water journey for WaterAid

The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, is travelling this week aboard a narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal and the Thames as a way of ‘getting to know his patch’ and encouraging the clergy in Berkshire to take time out from their busy lives. Each evening he will hold a service in nearby churches to which everyone is welcome.

His journey began in Newbury on Monday 30th April, in the west of his diocese, and will end in Windsor in the east a week later. He will be accompanied by his wife Dr Janice Proud and his chaplain for the week, the Revd Graeme Fancourt. Along the way he hopes to raise money for WaterAid in Ethiopia – where he served as a bishop before moving to Reading a year ago.

“The Area I serve is vast, and its shape makes it very difficult for us to feel connected to each other,” says Bishop Andrew.

“A year into my time here, I decided I wanted to do something to bring as many of us together as possible, to help me understand the Area better. I’m hoping this will be a chance for us to draw breath and reflect on the fast pace of our life in Berkshire.”

Bishop Andrew is encouraging as many people as possible to join him for the evening services in their locality. "Please help me to make the best of this pilgrimage," he says. "Please prayer for us, that we shall all be touched by the renewing love of the God."

Tuesday 1 May  | Andrew Denny  | 4.52pm, Tuesday 1 May 2012

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