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Bishops join Archbishop of York and 25 others in Lancashire for ‘Crossroads’ mission event

Both bishops from the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – are to join with the Archbishop of York and around 25 other bishops for a massive four day mission event in Lancashire next month organised by Blackburn Diocese.

The Crossroads Mission is a personal initiative of the Archbishop, The Most Rev’d 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.

The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith, will be joined by Evangelism Enabler, the Rev’d Mike Talbot and six others who were recently ordained as curates.

Bishop Robert said: “As a team we’re looking forward to the opportunity to spend four days focussed on mission work in Blackburn Diocese.

“As we seek to remind people of the relevance of the person of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers in their lives today, this initiative by the Archbishop is well-timed and I’m sure it will be a great success.

“All the Bishops, me included, have packed schedules over the four days and I am excited about the opportunities we have to share the Gospel. “

All the team members will take part in a Commissioning Service at Blackburn Cathedral at 2pm on September 8 before splitting into two groups to be based in the deaneries of Whalley and Chorley.

Over the following days they will visit local schools, a scout camp, spend time with a team of Street Pastors in Chorley who are on patrol in the early hours caring, listening and helping people who are out on the streets, visit a Messy Church project and take part in church services on the Sunday before attending a closing celebration event on Preston Flag Market at 4pm on September 11.

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.

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 hope is that Crossroads will touch many people’s lives and will help them to find a living faith.

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. The Diocese of Carlisle will host the event in March 2018.

In his new video message the Archbishop says: “I am really looking forward to the Northern Bishops’ Mission in Lancashire this September. What a fantastic opportunity this is for us.

“We can be confident together about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I urge you to pray daily that we will be so on fire for God (during Crossroads) that if we are thrown into water, we will sizzle!

“The Crossroads mission will be a joyous occasion and I am looking forward to sharing the Gospel with the people of this wonderful part of northern England.”

The Rt Rev’d Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn, added: “The decision to respond to Jesus Christ is the most important decision anyone ever makes in their life and Crossroads Mission is an opportunity to call those who have not yet made that decision to consider doing so.

“My prayer for Crossroads, and I hope many are praying, is that the crossroads will be very busy, with large numbers reconsidering their response to God, asking for the good way and finding rest for their souls. May it be a ‘life-changing’ time for many.”




Notes to editors
Current Crossroads news and information via this page on Blackburn Diocesan website
Follow Crossroads on Twitter @cofelancs and @crossroads_info #crossroadslancs
Watch Crossroads Mission videos and subscribe via this YouTube channel
View Crossroads Mission pics on this Flickr feed

For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at

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