Bishop does walkabout in Sidmouth town centre

The Bishop of Exeter poses for photographs in Market Square as part of a 'Meet the Bishop' day.

The Bishop of Exeter poses for photographs in Market Square as part of a 'Meet the Bishop' day. - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter went for a walkabout in Sidmouth as part of a worldwide initiative promoting prayer in the leadup to Whitsun.

He joined an ecumenical team in the town for a cream tea at the Sailing Club before walking to the Market Square where he posed for ‘selfies’ in a frame with passers-by.

The Rt Rev Robert Atwell said: “I’m absolutely loving it. This way I’m getting to see the inside of the town, hearing people’s concerns, their hopes but also their fears.”

The day started at St Francis Church with Sidmouth Primary School children. . The Bishop also met representatives from voluntary organisations.

The event was part of a global prayer initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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Naomi Hogg, Catholic Church pastoral assistant in Sidmouth, said: “Together we’re praying that ‘thy kingdom will come on earth’.

“The church isn’t in a building and this is what this is all about, showing the kingdom of God out on the streets.”

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Revd Robert Atwell on a walkabout in Sidmouth. Ref shs 18 18TI 3047. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The Bishop of Exeter meets children from Sidmouth Primary School

The Bishop of Exeter meets children from Sidmouth Primary School - Credit: Archant

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