Saying farewell to Bishop Keith


Bishop Keith Sinclair will retire as Bishop of Birkenhead on the 07 March after 14 years in the post. In a letter to the diocese, Bishop Mark invites us all to prepare for his retirement and participate in plans for his and Rosie's farewell:

Read Bishop Mark's letter to the diocese

Bishop Mark suggests doing the following three things:

1. Bishop Keith’s final service as Bishop of Birkenhead will be at 3pm on Sunday 7th March in the Cathedral. Due to COVID, attendance will be online, but please do plan to join us if you can. Here is the link to the online service

2. If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift, you may do via the following methods: 

By cheque

Please make cheques payable to "Chester DBF" and send them to:

Accounts Department,
Church House,
5500 Daresbury Park,
WA4 4GE.

Please write on the back of the cheque: "Bishop Keith’s collection”.

By electronic bank transfer

Please include the reference “Bishop Keith’s collection” in your transfer.

Account name: Chester Diocesan Board of Finance
Sort Code: 60-40-08
Account Number: 4193 0185

Please make your contribution by Monday 1st March to ensure it can be processed in time for the farewell service.

3. One of the many things that we will miss out on due to COVID is the first-hand sharing of memories. Bishop Mark would like to present Keith and Rosie with an ‘album' made up of postcards of memories and thanksgivings from his time in the diocese. If you would be willing to contribute to this, then Bishop Mark suggests the following:  

a) Find a photograph or a postcard that reminds you of Bishop Keith or Rosie in some fun way. If he splashed too much water in a baptism you could use a picture of a waterfall. Or if he got hiccoughs at a chapter meeting you could send a picture of a frog. Or if you have walked with him you could send a picture of a landscape or whatever. In some ways the more fun the better, but there are no rules - just things that will express our thanks and love.

b) Make sure this is postcard style (ie picture on front and writing on back) so it will go into an album where you can see both sides - ’normal’ cards don’t work for this.

c) Write the memory on the back of the postcard - think postcard length rather than a whole letter.

Ideally, it would be great if you send a printed photo, with a handwritten message on the back. Alternatively, you can send a digital image by email, just remember to include a message with that too.

Send your printed photo to:

Bishop Keith Cards,
Bishop’s House,
Abbey Square,
CH1 2JD.

Digital photos should be emailed to

Please send in your cards by Monday 1st March so we can make up the album in time for the farewell service. 


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