10-13 September 2015
"Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” Jeremiah 6.16
What is the Crossroads Mission?
The Archbishop of York led a team of 21 bishops in four days of mission across Sheffield Diocese 10-13 September 2015. They worked across all the deaneries of our diocese & you can read more about it on the events page:
So, shouldn't this read: 'What was the Crossroads mission?' The answer is 'No' for two reasons:
- Firstly, in Sheffield Diocese, the mission is not over. There is follow-up to be done for those who made a step of faith or who want to explore Christian faith, e.g. through Christianity Explored, Pilgrim, Alpha or Emmaus. It is also important for us to take feedback to learn from all that took place. Some churches have already realised that they have done things that could be repeated in the future. They have even seen ways to improve to develop the events into something even better. Missions are a springboard - to build on what we are already doing and to open new doors. So it is important that we do not just forget what has happened but seek to build on it.
- Secondly, Crossroads - with its logo and the mission prayer - will be the title of the next mission of the Northern Bishops, which takes place in Blackburn Diocese 8-11 September 2016. Would you like to pray for them as they prepare over the coming 12 months?
PS. I have offered a personal reflection on the Crossroads mission, which you can read here:
A prayer for the mission
This world you love
stands at the crossroads.
Help us help others
to discover your Way
to know your Truth
and to share your Life
in your dear Son, Jesus Christ.
Inspire us by your Spirit
to sow the good seed of the gospel
throughout this Diocese
with imagination and compassion,
that many will come to know you
and many will be strengthened in their faith,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord