Bishop Libby's installation March 2015


undefinedLibby Lane who was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport and the first woman bishop in the history of the Church of England earlier this year will be formally installed in her new role at Chester Cathedral on International Women's Day, Sunday 8 March 2015.

The installation – a ticketed event – is fully booked. More than 1,500 people from across the historic county of Cheshire are expected to attend. Among the guests will be: the chief executive officer of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council; and the mayors of Trafford, Tameside, Cheshire East, Stockport, and Chester boroughs; and the High Sherrifs and Lord Lieutenants of Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

The service will start with a procession at 3.20pm followed by the choir singing the Introit. As the service gets underway the Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair, will welcome Bishop Libby and invite others to express their greetings. The Bishop of Chester, Peter Forster, will then invite the Dean of Chester, Gordon McPhate, to install Libby as the Bishop of Stockport.

Bishop Libby will take her place in her stall and the Dean of Chester will call for the blessing of God to rest upon Bishop Libby in all her duty and charge.

Bishop Libby will be presented with her pastoral staff and be welcomed by the civic and faith communities from across the Diocese of Chester.

The installation – marking the formal start of Libby's new ministry in our diocese – will take place as part of a service choral evensong.

Bishop Libby, aged 48, was previously Vicar of Hale and Ashley in the Chester Diocese from 2007-14. She is married to the Revd George Lane, coordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport. They were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together. 

Bishop Libby has also held other roles in our diocese, including: Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team; Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands; Family Life Officer for the Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility; and Chair of the Diocesan Children’s Committee.

The Dean of Chester, Gordon McPhate, said: “We are honoured to welcome the Bishop of Stockport and her supporters to this installation service at the cathedral.  The service will mark a day of worship and celebration – for men and women alike – as a new chapter is created in the Church of England.”

Pictured above, at the consecration at York Minster in January, Bishop Libby Lane (centre) at her consecration with friends from the Diocese of Chester, including George Colville (Diocesan Secretary), Canon Betty Renshaw (Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance), Ian Bishop (Archdeacon of Macclesfield) Michael Gilbertson (Archdeacon of Chester), Margaret Andrews (PA to Bishop Libby), Ian Rumsey and Richard Burton (Parish Development Officers) and Gordon McPhate (Dean of Chester)