Future leader of Church of England pays Notts a visit
THE next Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Notts.
Justin Welby, currently Bishop of Durham, will officially become the new archbishop on Monday.
He paid a visit to the Trent Vineyard church, in Lenton Lane, Lenton, to answer questions and speak at the church's evening service.
Dr Welby and wife Caroline talked about their backgrounds, hopes and aspirations for the future, as well as the process of Dr Welby's appointment as archbishop.
They were interviewed by John Mumford, national director of Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland, in front of an audience of 1,350 people.
Dr Welby also gave a talk after the interview.
John Wright, senior pastor at the church, said: "We were excited to see a man of such courage, vision and humility in a position of such influence."
Fellow senior pastor Debby Wright said: "The church was packed, the atmosphere electric.
"Justin and Caroline truly won our hearts. We shall be praying for them."
A spokesman for the church said: "Trent Vineyard was pleased to welcome Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect.
"We were privileged to play host to people from across the Midlands and beyond, as Bishop Welby and his wife, Caroline, were interviewed.
"They shared their hopes for the future as Justin prepares for his new role.
"As a church, we join with those across Nottingham to wish Justin, Caroline and their family all the best in this exciting and challenging appointment."
A video of the visit is available at www.trentvineyard.org/media.