Crossroads 2016 in Blackburn Diocese

6th September 2016

The Rt Revd Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster is travelling to Lancashire this week to join with the Archbishop of York and around 25 other Bishops for a massive four day Church of England mission event organised by The Church of England in Lancashire (Blackburn Diocese).

The Crossroads Mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop, The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu. The Archbishop speaks to everyone taking part in this year’s event (which begins on September 8 and runs until Sunday, September 11) in a new video available now on the Blackburn Diocesan YouTube channel.

All the bishops taking part in Crossroads Mission are from the ‘northern province’ of The Church of England and represent every tradition of the Anglican Church. You can follow the event live on Twitter @crossroads_info  #crossroadslancs

The Bishops join the Archbishop to gather together in one Diocese annually to provide a focus for a whole host of exciting local mission activities.  The vision for the Crossroads Mission came from a retreat of bishops in 2014 on Lindisfarne, 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 diocese to host the event, in September 2015.

Hundreds of events will take place across Blackburn Diocese in schools, pubs, universities, colleges, shopping centres, community centres, cafes and churches and even Ewood Stadium – home of Blackburn Rovers!  The hope is that Crossroads will touch many people’s lives and will help them to find a living faith.
After an initial commissioning service in Blackburn Cathedral, on Thursday September 8, all the visiting bishops will be assigned to different parts of the diocese. They will stay with local clergy and churchgoers. The bishops and their teams will lead on the visits and events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, working alongside local parish and deanery mission teams.

Bishop Peter and a team of three others from the Diocese of Sheffield will be visiting Pendle Deanery.  They will be attending a business breakfast, school assemblies, community outreach events, a farmer’s gathering, a parish BBQ and a pub quiz, amongst other things.

Sarah Maughan, a member of the Sheffield team going to the Crossroads event said:

"Last year at our Crossroads Mission it was incredibly exciting and amazing to gather together to connect with our communities in our love for Jesus Christ.  This year is a packed event for our team. I am so excited to listen, see and speak to others as we share the Good News in Pendle Deanery. I am sure we will return with new ideas and enthusiasm to grow and develop here in our own diocese."

Bishop Peter said:

“This mission event was a huge success in the Sheffield Diocese last year so I am really looking forward to building on that and taking part.  We want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.  Our team has a hectic and exciting programme of events to attend in the Pendle Deanery and we are all eager to get out into the communities there.”

Click here for more information about Crossroads 2016.

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