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Archbishop of York completes two day visit to Barrow

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has completed a two day visit to Barrow as part of the town’s faith and mission festival.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, meets members of the Barrow Foodbank teamBelieve in Barrow runs over five days- finishing on Sunday - and has been organised by local churches across the town.

The Archbishop’s visit began on Wednesday morning with a key note speech to the town’s leaders at Barrow Town Hall.

He spoke of the place of the Church in the public square, telling those gathered of the need to care for young and old alike, and to work together to counter levels of deprivation.

He said: “Jesus called us to go out and be the change we want to see. Where there is no love, put love and then we can draw love out.”

Later he visited the Market Hall, meeting with stall holders before watching a performance from the TX Vikings Extreme Power Team – a team of Christian strongmen from Norway.

At the Barrow Foodbank he met team members who help support those in need before touring Furness General Hospital where he met staff from the specialist bereavement team, toured the maternity unit and met with Trust directors.

At the Bakehouse artisan bakery during a tour of Barrow Town HallOn Wednesday evening the Archbishop addressed 500 people in a specially erected marquee in Barrow Park, detailing his faith journey before taking questions.

Dr Sentamu said: “Believe in Barrow is very important in two respects. It’s essential that people believe in the place where they live and it’s essential that people can look each other in the eye and say we matter.”

“That’s demonstrated through the work at the Barrow Foodbank. I have visited many, many Foodbanks and the organisation of the team in Barrow is just fantastic.”

Yesterday the Archbishop visited the Furness Academy, a secondary school which opened just over two years ago and replaced three schools, where he met with staff and students for a tour of the building prior to a question and answer session with pupils.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, bangs the drum for Believe in Barrow during a tour of Furness CollegeAt Furness College - part of the University of Cumbria, of which the Archbishop is Chancellor – he was interviewed by students involved in the community radio station candofm, as well as taking part in an impromptu drumming session. He also met with students and staff in the College’s engineering departments.

Later he lead a school assembly with St Paul’s Church of England Primary School at St Paul’s Church before leading the Mothers Union Ascension Day Service at St George’s Church which was followed by ‘The Big Tea’ event follows in St George’s Hall.

Canon Gary Cregeen, Rural Dean for Barrow, said: “We are thrilled that the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been able to spend two days with us during Believe in Barrow.

“Everybody who has been involved in the planning and preparation of this five day festival of faith prays that it provides an opportunity to let people of all ages and backgrounds know that God believes in the people of Barrow and loves them.”

‘Believe in Barrow’ is organised by the local churches, and is supported by The TX Vikings, singer/songwriter Steph Mcleod, Roger Simpson and Springs Dance Company.



Notes to editors
Believe in Barrow runs until May 17. For more information go to



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