13 October 2012, St Aldate’s Church, Oxford Preacher: the Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry
The commissioning service for the Rev Canon Philip Mounstephen, the new Executive Leader of the Church Mission Society, takes place at St Aldate’s church, Oxford on Saturday 13 October at 1.30pm.
The Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry and Episcopal Visitor of CMS, will preach at the special service to be attended by international mission leaders as well as friends and family of Canon Mounstephen, and CMS friends and members.
Canon Mounstephen will have spent the previous three days meeting with the leadership of CMS Africa, AsiaCMS and New Zealand CMS to think and plan together.
He begins work officially at CMS’s Oxford base on 22 October.
Canon Mounstephen’s first major international engagements follow in December with a trip to Kenya and Uganda for the enthronement of the eighth Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali. In February, Canon Mounstephen will address tens of thousands of Indian Christians at the Maramon Convention of the Mar Thoma Church in Kerala. This annual convention lays claim to being the largest annual Christian evangelistic convention in the world, with seating capacity at 160,000.
Media representatives are welcome to attend the commissioning service at St Aldate’s, which begins at 1.30pm on 13 October. Please contact Jeremy Woodham.
Jeremy Woodham, CMS communications team
Notes to editors
1. Church Mission Society (CMS) is a community of over 2,500 members who want the world to know Jesus. Members commit to seven promises as they aspire to a whole lifestyle shaped by God's mission. CMS supports people in mission in over 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. It was founded in 1799.