Crossroads Mission 2016
13th September 2016
A year on from the first Crossroads Mission in Sheffield Diocese, 25 bishops and their teams have just spent four days (8-11 September) in Blackburn Diocese on the next in this series of yearly missions.
The Diocese of Sheffield sent a team led by the Rt Revd Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster. The team was made up by Sarah Maughan, lay leader at St Michael Rossington, the Revd Adam Priestley, Mission Priest at Doncaster Minster, the Revd Ed Morrison, Curate at St Wilfrid Cantley, the Revd John Hibberd, Mission Development Adviser and the Revd Chris McCarthy, Priest at St James’ Doncaster.
The team visited Pendle Deanery, joining with the parishes at various events from Thursday-Sunday. A few of the highlights of the mission were:
- A business breakfast led by Bishop Peter at St Bart’s Colne attracted a good core of local businesses and will be repeated
- Prayer walking through Brierfield in the evening.
- Visits to five schools as well as back-to-school events for parents & carers made contact with significant numbers of young families. The church schools were very impressive.
- A celebrity ‘silent’ auction.
- A free BBQ at the church for residents of Colne who turned out in their hundreds for the homecoming parade of Stephen Burke, a gold medallist at the Rio Olympic Games in the team pursuit event.
- On the Sunday morning the team took part at services throughout the deanery sharing their stories and testimonies with the congregations.
The final celebration took place at a packed Preston Flag Market. The Archbishop preached a powerful message about the difference Jesus makes to a person’s life. Many people came forward in response to dedicate their lives to following Christ.
More information on Crossroads is available on the website for the Diocese of Blackburn.