Teach the children well

SALEM – During his last official visit to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 18, Bishop Neff Powell confirmed six young people, affirmed one adult’s baptismal vows – and to the delight of the adults and kids, sat down on the red carpet as children gathered around him to hear a lesson just for them.

Powell, who grew up in Salem, explained about his crosier or staff and mitre hat.

Episcopal Bishop Neff Powell sits on the floor to teach a children's lesson at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem on Nov. 18. Photo by Meg Hibbert

He will retire at the end of the year as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

Earlier in the service, the bishop received the parish’s pledge for the year. His wife, Dorothy, was presented with a framed photograph of St. Paul’s open-work steeple.

More than 100 parishioners attended a reception in the parish hall afterwards to express their appreciation to the popular bishop and his wife.