The Archbishop of Canterbury visited one of the oldest churches in the city this morning to meet refugees from around the world.
It was Bishop Justin Welby’s first official visit to the Diocese of Chichester since he was appointed Archbishop.
The 66-year-old went to St Peter’s Church in York Place, Brighton, for breakfast this morning, before visiting All Saints Church in The Drive, Hove, to meet refugees and representatives of the Network of International Women.
His visit is part of a three-day tour which started on Friday and saw him visit Crawley, Hastings, Brighton and Hove, as well as Lewes.
Archbishop Justin will also visit HMP Ford Prison near Arundel tomorrow, before ending his tour in Chichester Cathedral.
The two churches he visited today have both received funding from the Church of England’s Strategic Transformation Funding (STF), which aims to help dioceses facing ‘significant financial challenges’.
Funding is £2.5 million for the two churches, funded by Church of England revenues. It’s part of £45m going to dioceses across the country.
Archbishop Justin said, “The money allows them to employ people and help the church become a resource for the community and other churches.
“You just have to look around and see what a resource it is, this morning was absolutely astounding.
“This is the church as it should be, it’s extremely diverse, it’s extremely hospitable, it gives to those in need. It’s just beautiful.
“STF is doing its job. It is about reaching the poorest and most excluded in our society and doing it on the ground at the local level.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-05 17:19:54