Dozens of Southwark churchgoers travelled to Hertfordshire on Friday for the installation of Jeffrey John - until last month chancellor and canon theologian at Southwark Cathedral - as Dean of St Albans.
The Very Revd Jeffrey John with the Bishop of St Albans Christopher Herbert (Photo: John Tanner)
A protester hands out literature outside the cathedral before the service
A poster advertising the counter-demonstration
Members of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement held banners as the congregation left the cathedral
"This is where God wants and intends me to be, and there is nowhere else I would rather be. I hope we can get on now with what really matters – to God and the gospels."
A lone protester stood outside the cathedral as the congregation filed out
Earlier in the service Dr John was inducted as rector of the abbey church by the Archdeacon of St Albans, the Venerable Helen Cunliffe, formerly canon pastor at Southwark Cathedral.