Archbishop of York to lead 21 bishops in historic 4-day event

9th September 2015

At Sheffield Cathedral on Thursday 10 September, the Archbishop of York will commission 21 northern Bishops of the Church of England for an historic event taking place across the region this weekend.  The commissioning service starts at 1.30 pm and will end outside in the front of the Cathedral with a balloon release.

The Bishops and their teams will then go into local communities across the Diocese of Sheffield to engage in four days of mission from 10-13 September 2015.
It’s the first time so many Bishops have worked together in mission in this way in a single diocese in the long history of the Church of England.
The Bishops are from every diocese in the Province of York and from every tradition.  They include the most recent Bishops to be consecrated for the north: Bishop Libby Lane of Stockport, Bishop Philip North of Burnley, and Bishop Alison White of Hull.
Hundreds of events will take place across the region in schools, pubs, universities, colleges, shopping centres, community centres, cafes and churches; the Penistone and Rotherham Shows will also be touched by the mission.  The hope is that Crossroads will touch many people’s lives and will help them to find a living faith.
The vision for this mission came from a retreat of Bishops on the island of Lindisfarne in 2014, a Celtic centre from which the gospel spread across the North of England. They committed to work together to serve one diocese a year, Sheffield being the first.

After the commissioning service, the Bishops will be going to different parts of the diocese. They will stay with clergy and churchgoers. The Bishops and their teams will lead on the visits and events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They will join in services in local parishes on Sunday morning (13th).  Some of the highlights include:

  • Youth event at Flash Lane Rec, Rotherham (10 Sep).
  • Bishop’s shoe shining service, Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster (11 Sep).
  • Working with Street Pastors around Page Hall, Sheffield (11 Sep).
  • Messy Church at the Penistone and Rotherham Shows (11 Sep).
  • A heritage day at Sheffield Cathedral (12 Sep).
  • A visit to Sheffield's Moor Market by the Archbishop of York (12 Sep).
  • Bishop Libby Lane will be the first female Bishop to preach in the Cathedral (13 Sep).
  • Finale event in Rotherham’s, All Saints Square led by the Archbishop of York (13 Sep). 

There will also be lots of school visits, a brewery tour, ‘pints of view’ pub-based question evenings, open-air worship opportunities, and business breakfasts.
The full list of events that the public can attend can be found here.

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