New bishop holds first service at church

The Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, the Rt Rev Dr Steven Benford (at right of doorway) with St John's...
The Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, the Rt Rev Dr Steven Benford (at right of doorway) with St John's parish priest the Rev Juan Kinnear (at left) and the congregation at Dr Benford's first service at St John's Church yesterday. PHOTO: BILL CAMPBELL
The new Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin preached at the oldest surviving church in Otago and Southland, St John's Church, in Waikouaiti, for the first time yesterday.

The Rt Rev Dr Steven Benford was installed as Bishop of Dunedin in September last year.

St John's Church was built in 1858 through the leadership and financial support of whaler and early Dunedin businessman Johnny Jones.

Dr Benford blessed additions to the parish hall kitchen after the service.

The service was attended by members of St John's parish, St Mary's Church in Palmerston, and the Waikouaiti Presbyterian parish.

 

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