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Final preparations for consecration of the new Bishop of Penrith

Final preparations are in place for the consecration of the new Suffragan Bishop of Penrith, the Rev Dr Emma Ineson, at York Minster this week.

She will be joined by family, friends and a 160-strong contingent from the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – for the consecration service at 11am on Wednesday.

Emma, who takes up the post after five years as Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, said: “I feel real excitement and also a deep sense of God’s calling to this role at this time.

“I’m very much looking forward to gathering together with everyone as I make my commitment before God at the start of this new ministry. It’s a little overwhelming but in a good way!”

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, will formally present Emma to the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a service which will include many personal touches.

The Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester (and a close friend of the new Bishop of Penrith) will preach the sermon.

During Communion, Toby Ineson, the 18-year-old son of Emma and her husband Mat, will read the Welsh poet George Herbert’s Love Bade Me Welcome while musicians from Trinity College, Bristol, will also play two songs.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “It is a joy to be able to welcome Emma as Suffragan Bishop of Penrith. She is firmly rooted in the Scriptures as well as the practical aspects of ministry with a wealth of experience, particularly in training Ordinands for the challenges and opportunities of ministry and mission today.

“My prayer is that Emma will be continually filled and led by the power of the Holy Spirit to share the life-transforming love of the Risen Lord Jesus, encouraging and empowering those she meets to do the same!”

Emma will play an important role in the continued roll-out of the county’s ecumenical vision and strategy God for All that:

By 2020 every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have an opportunity to discover more of God and God's purpose for their lives, so that they will discover more of Jesus and the Good News and become followers of Jesus within a Christian community.

God for All has seen the creation of more than 30 new mission communities across the county, while renewed focus is also being placed on developing new lay and ordained leaders to support our churches, setting up fresh expressions of church, reaching out and connecting with those people who have no faith and nurturing and growing disciples who already know Jesus in their lives.

Emma added: “It was God for All that stood out to me when I first saw the role of Bishop of Penrith; I remember thinking ‘That’s brilliant’. It’s a bold and exciting vision and I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s happening on the ground to make the Good News of Jesus known to as many people as possible.”

She will be consecrated alongside the Ven Sarah Clark as Bishop of Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham, before officially being installed as the Suffragan Bishop of Penrith at a Service of Welcome and Installation at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 17 March at 3pm.

Bishop James said: “It will be a delight to be with Emma and all her friends and family as we celebrate her new ministry in the Diocese and across the county. This is an exciting time for Emma, for us as a Diocese and for the work we’re committed to with our ecumenical partners.

“My prayer is that God richly blesses Emma’s ministry and she finds an abundance of spiritual support, love, care and encouragement to enable her to thrive in her work as we grow His Kingdom through God for All.”


Notes to editors
The title of Bishop of Penrith is an historic one, dating back initially to 1888, and then to 1944. It simply designates the Bishop who assists the Bishop of Carlisle - in technical terms the Suffragan Bishop.

The Bishop of Penrith lives in Kendal, and – with the Bishop of Carlisle – covers the whole Diocese of Carlisle which is pretty much the same as the County of Cumbria.

Information about the County and Diocesan Vision and Strategy can be found on: or

For more information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at


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