Archbishop Of Canterbury Invited To Visit Scilly As Clergy Attend ‘Historic’ Agreement

two churches methodist anglicanThe Archbishop of Canterbury could pay a visit to Scilly if he accepts an invitation that’s being handed to him today.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby is on a three-day visit to Cornwall and our islands’ chaplain, Canon Paul Miller, is meeting with him this afternoon at Truro Cathedral.

Paul says the head Church of England is a “very down to earth man” who is trying to engaging with people.

He feels it would be good for members of the parish to meet someone so significant. Any visit would likely take place in around 12 to 24 months.

Only one Archbishop of Canterbury has visited the islands before.

That was Michael Ramsey in 1965.

Tomorrow, Canon Miller will be joining the islands’ Methodist Minister, Charlie Gibb at St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin to witness a special covenant between the Church of England and the Methodists.

The agreement, being signed by the Archbishop, will commit the two churches to work more closely together in Cornwall and Scilly.

Charlie says it’s a significant and historic event and gives an idea of way the churches are developing in the future.

Paul said it’s important for him and Charlie to attend side by side.

He says he recognises the differences between the two churches, but says some things are done better by working together, especially in a small community like Scilly.