The current Lord Mayor has appointed two Chaplains, they are:

  • Reverend Mary Bellshaw, and
  • Reverend Ruth Hewett

The Lord Mayor's Chaplain is the personal appointment of the Lord Mayor.   

The Chaplain's role is to guide and advise the Lord Mayor in religious matters and provide a link to leaders of other faiths in the community.

The Lord Mayor's Chaplain takes the lead in civic services held within the city organised by the Lord Mayor's office. Some examples are listed below.

Civic Service

At the Annual Meeting of the City Council in May Council adjourns to the Church of St. Thomas the Martyr for the Civic Service. The procession to and from the Church and the Civic Centre is led by the Lord Mayor, who is preceded by the Chief Superintendent of Police, Lord Mayor's Chaplain, the Mace Bearer and the Sword Bearer. The service is conducted by the Master of St. Thomas' Church and the Chaplain usually leads the prayers or gives the lesson. 

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November. The Civic party assembles in Brunswick Methodist Church Hall and from there processes to Eldon Square, where wreaths are laid at the War Memorial. The Lord Mayor's Chaplain takes the Service.

Christmas Tree

Each December the City is presented with a Christmas Tree by the City of Bergen. The custom originated after the Second World War as a symbol of peace and goodwill. Since 1994 this occasion has been combined with the annual City Council Carol Service, which is held in the Grand Entrance area of the Civic Centre and led by the Lord Mayor's chaplain together with the Civic Centre Chaplaincy team. The Lord Mayor's Chaplain is invited to say a prayer and bless the tree at the handing-over ceremony which follows.

Page last updated: 
25 May 2018
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