The Presiding Bishop's visit to St. John's, Chico, and Paradise

The Presiding Bishop's visit to St. John's, Chico, and Paradise

Deacon Lew Powell, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, 
and Dean Richard Yale prepare to serve together. 

The group posed in front of the Tree of Life at St. Nicholas, Paradise. Front: Deacon Anne Powell, Pastor Ann Sullivan, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Canon Andrea McMillin. Back: Dean Richard Yale, Deacon Lew Powell 

The Presiding Bishop celebrates the Eucharist...

...preaches the sermon..

...and surveys the canyon with Dean Richard Yale

The Presiding Bishop tours the relief center at Magalia Community Church...

...and offers a final prayer and blessing.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church made a pastoral visit to St. Nicholas, Paradise and St. John's, Chico, on Sunday, June 30. He was the celebrant and preacher at a 9:00 a.m. joint service at St. John’s and held a forum, facilitated by The Rev. Canon Andrea McMillin, with the two congregations immediately following. Bishop Curry and Canon Andrea heard from people in both congregations as they shared their heartfelt stories of survival and thanksgiving.

Here is a link to the Presiding Bishop's sermon.

Bishop Curry then left Chico and headed to the fire zone with a small group of church leaders. He first visited Magalia Community Church, where there is a relief center set up for victims of the fire. He visited the warehouse and tents full of supplies, food and furniture available to area residents. He then toured what was left of the neighborhoods of Paradise, as a way of understanding the loss that the town has suffered. His entourage made their way to St. Nicholas’ and met in the sanctuary to talk and pray.

The final stop of the day was at Lookout Point, where he looked out on Butte Canyon and the devastation and regrowth that is already happening. While at Lookout Point, he asked the group to pray for what was on their heart, then blessed each one for the work that is ahead.

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