Hundreds of well-wishers said goodbye to Bishop Nigel Stock on Sunday as he left after six years as Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
At a service of Evensong at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Bishop Nigel handed over the symbols of office before he leaves for his new post as Bishop at Lambeth.
Addressing the service he said: “I’m thankful and humbled that I’m in a county where so many organisations are so willing to work with the Church.
“We are so grateful to God that we were called to be here, and for all the support and care that we have been given.”
Bishop Nigel will become part of Archbishop Justin Welby’s senior team based in London.
At the service Dean Frances Ward joked that ‘we quite understand why the Archbishop has poached him’.
“He had been a steady hand with a sense of priority and always mindful of what it means to listen to God,” she added.
The Rt Rev Dr David Thompson will serve Suffolk full-time until a permanent successor is chosen.
Speaking before the service he said: “There is a great team here and we will be forging ahead.
“It won’t be my role to impose my ideas, but with up to 18 months before a new bishop is in post we will not be shy of making good changes together when we see it is needed.
“I have always worked in teams, all my parishes roles were in team ministry, and teamwork is in my DNA.
“I want to build hope and confidence in our Church’s mission during my time serving Suffolk, and if I achieve this I will be very happy.”