The Archdeacon of Cleveland works closely with the Bishop of
Whitby in overseeing the outreach, mission and worship of approximately 150
parishes, and undertakes a great deal of administrative and legal work to
support them in their work and mission.
During her collation ceremony, the new Archdeacon will swore
oaths of obedience to The Queen and the Archbishop of York, and received a legal
Deed of Collation within sight and earshot of the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd
Paul Ferguson; each collected formal documents from the other in a procedure
approved by the legal officers of the Diocese of York.
Shortly after the ceremony the new Archdeacon returned
home and joined a meeting of church leaders by online video link.
This is believed to be the first time such an event has been
managed this way in the Church of England.
Amanda Bloor said, “I’ve been so looking forward to getting to
work, and to begin learning about the people and places of Cleveland and
“It’s been a very long three months and at times it’s been
hard to believe we would overcome all the obstacles and actually get here at
all – but God is good, and thanks to Bishop Paul and those working with him, we
have found a way.”
Bishop Paul Ferguson said, “Welcoming Amanda has been a
wonderfully happy and prayerful moment, and a great relief that she can join us
and get to work in supporting the extraordinary work being done during the
COVID-19 outbreak by all our churches in their communities, and of course
looking to the future when the current restrictions are lifted.
“This was a strange way to greet Amanda and Mark, but I
thank God they are finally here and look forward to their presence among us in
the coming years.”