The Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne met pupils and teachers at Pen-y-Fai Church in Wales Primary School during a visit to Bridgend.
The visit was part of a programme of visits that will see Bishop June spend a day in each of the diocese’s eleven deaneries before mid-January, as she sets out to engage with the people of the Llandaff Diocese so that we can get to know her – and she can get to know us.
Bishop June’s visit to Pen-y-Fai school included a tour of the building, a chance to meet some of the foundation governors and to receive a presentation (and a grilling) from members of the school council.
The children’s presentation – and their interaction with the new Bishop – was the highlight of the visit, with Bishop June, who is originally from Manchester and confessing to having a love of football, finding out that the children at Pen-y-Fai feel both safe and trusted in their school environment.
Bishop June also fielded questions about her favourite bible story, what she likes/dislikes about being a bishop and what she does every day.
Later in the evening at the deanery conference in St Cynfelin’s Church, Caerau, Bishop June held a wide-ranging discussion in which she spoke of her own vision for a diocese that was positive, comfortable and adaptable in its own identity, that was community orientated, that recognised its strengths as much as its issues and that lowered thresholds in order to make church, faith and God readily accessible to all people.
By priest-in-charge, the Revd Anthony Beer