During the Opening Centenary Service for the diocese, young people from surrounding schools brought up colourful canvases representing their school and the history of their community.
Bishop Stephen, the tenth Bishop of Chelmsford, celebrating the centenary of the diocese spoke to young people during his sermon, saying,
“I don’t need to go to the Mount of Beatitudes for Jesus’ teaching to be real for me.
For have read the scriptures and I have been to church schools in Dagenham Park, and Romford and Galleywood, and Chelmsford and Birch, and these children and young people, who Jesus tells us the Kingdom belongs to, they are here with us this morning.
And I don’t need to see the tomb where they laid the body of Jesus, because I have been to a school in Stratford where four pupils have died from knife crime in the last few years, and I have opened a garden of remembrance there”.
Bishop Stephen encouraged young people to see their face in the image of Christ.