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Last updated 16th June 2023

Link Dioceses - Information and updates


Our Diocese currently has two 'link Dioceses' ... one in Germany; the other in South Africa. 

The Diocese of The Free State in South Africa has a link to the Diocese of Blackburn going back more than 50 years – which is believed to be one of the oldest links in the Anglican Communion.

Meanwhile we have had a link with the Lutheran 'Diocese' (Landeskirche) of Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Germany for 25 years. 

More information, as well as any current updates, can be found below. 

Update from the Link Diocese Committee Chair

The Diocese of Blackburn has a long history of valuing links with other parts of the Anglican Communion, as well as ecumenical partnerships, writes Rev. Sam Cheesman, pictured, Chair of the Links Committee. 

In fact, it is widely believed that the link between Blackburn and Bloemfontein is the oldest such link in the Anglican Communion. We want to think about how we can strengthen existing links as well as better reflect the world as it is now.  

We also want to consider whether we should have more links with different parts of the world as the Church of God continues to move and grow in new ways and new places.  

We have so much to learn from the Global Church and are keen to do this in relationship with our sisters and brothers around the world.

To oversee this process and provide enough capacity to make these links useful and fruitful we have established a single Links Committee which will make decisions regarding existing links and what the new links might look like.  

A number of people who are already involved in links have indicated they wish to continue to serve on the Links Committee, but I would like to welcome new members to the team. If this is something that interests you, please do be in touch. You can reach me on 

For the time being, whilst we re-establish this work we have removed the specific prayers for the links from the Blackburn monthly and Daily Prayers but please do continue to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world. 




Ronnie Semley, page completely updated and revised, March 2023

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