THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury went back to school in Southam.
The Most Reverend Justin Welby returned to St James CofE Primary School where he was a governor when he was Rector of Southam. He was accompanied by his wife Caroline.
Archbishop Justin was given a tour of the school before joining staff and pupils in worship. A Bible reading and prayers were also presented by the children, and Archbishop Justin spoke about his role as head of the Church of England.
The visit was a homecoming for Mr Welby who returned for a number of engagements to celebrate the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry.
Having been ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 1992, Mr Welby was a curate in Nuneaton and then a rector at St James’ Church in Southam and St Michael & All Angels in Ufton from 1995 to 2002.
He later served at Coventry Cathedral until 2007, where he became the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry. A decade later he is frequently seen wearing the Coventry Cross of Nails.
His visit has also taken him to Coventry and Rugby.
People will also have an opportunity to hear and meet the archbishop at a free event in Coventry on Saturday (May 5).
A Centenary Festival at Coventry Cathedral, starting at 10.30am, will include music, drama and activities for all ages.
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