Door man appointed new Bishop’s Chaplain

THE new Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford is the Revd Graham Sykes (right), who became the chairman of the Door’s Editorial Support Group last year. Graham takes over from the Revd Dr Amanda Bloor, who hasgraham MW5A0398 joined the Vocations Team.
Graham, who also collates the Door’s Prayer Diary moved to Oxford with his wife Clare, who is Rector of the Osney Benefice in Oxford, and their two daughters and two whippets. Previously he was the Vicar of Bromyard and Stoke Lacy in the Hereford Diocese and Chair of the Editorial Board for the Hereford Diocese’s NEWSpaper which, as Evangelism Co-Ordinator (Missioner) he was instrumental in establishing in 1997. Graham, who enjoys sailing and brewing his own beer, has recovered from cancer and is a trustee of the Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that helps people through the physical and emotional trauma of the disease. With his new responsibilities he will be stepping down from this role.
Graham says: “I am very excited about getting my teeth into the role of Bishop’s Chaplain. I’m looking forward to supporting Bishop John behind the scenes in his mission and ministry in the Diocese.”
Graham has taken over from the Revd Dr Amanda Bloor as Bishop John’s Chaplain. Bishop John says: “I’m hugely grateful to Amanda for her hard work and support as my chaplain over the past six years. I am delighted that we are not losing her and that she has moved to join our vocations team. I am looking forward to welcoming Graham onto my team and working closely with him to support parishes in the Diocese.”
Graham will be working part-time because Bishop John has reorganised the work traditionally undertaken by a chaplain. At the same time, Sarah Meyrick will be working part-time as Strategic Adviser to the Bishop of Oxford, in addition to her current role as Director of Communications. Sarah will be helping Bishop John in his outward-facing work in education, the House of Lords, the House of Bishops and other strategic areas.
Photo by KT Bruce. 
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