After 20 years of Ministry at Gawsworth St James, Bishop William Alaha Pwaisiho, OBE, Hon. Assistant Bishop of Chester and Rector of Gawsworth and North Rode has announced he is to retire at the end of January 2019.
At the March 2018 meeting of Gawsworth Parochial Parish Council (PCC), Bishop William requested that St James consider an ongoing donation to the Melanesian Mission, in celebration of his Ministry at Gawsworth. The PCC agreed unanimously to do this and have pledged to hold a fund-raising event each year for the Melanesian Mission.
Bishop Willie, with his wife Kate, inside Gawsworth St James (images ⓒ David Moore)
A number of events are being planned this year to celebrate Bishop Willie’s retirement:- including a Flower Festival in June. His time at Gawsworth is scheduled to finish at the end of January 2019 and he is planning a Confirmation on the 27th January 2019 – his final service as the Rector of Gawsworth St. James – Bishop Peter will be here to take the Confirmation.
Bishop William already has 20 candidates for his Confirmation Classes, due to start soon, with ages ranging from 7 to 70.
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Bishop William outside Gawsworth St James ⓒ David Moore