Believe in Boro
Tuesday 12th June 2012Do you Believe in Boro? Middlesbrough’s churches do! Middlesbrough Christians from different denominations are joining together to tell their town how much they love it, and to share what they believe in.
Believe in Boro will be taking place from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th June, and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will be launching the events. Archbishop Sentamu will be sharing his incredible life story on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30pm at King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, to be followed by a question and answer session. No tickets are needed, and there is free entry to this event.
On Thursday 14th June there’s the Pursuit Youth Event for young people aged 11 to 18, at 7pm at Kings Academy, Coulby Newham. This will be an evening of fun, music, games and a chance to hear from people who have had their lives flipped upside down by Jesus, just what it is they believe.
On Friday 15th June, there’s an evening of comedy and magic with John Archer at 7.30pm at St. Barnabas’ Church, Linthorpe Road. John was the first man to fool Penn and Teller on ITV’s “Penn & Teller - Fool Us” hosted by Jonathan Ross, and has subsequently performed at their show in Las Vegas. Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be booked from St Barnabas Church Office on 01642 812622.
The next event is a Lark in the Park on Saturday 16th June from 12noon to 2.30pm in Albert Park. It’s an afternoon of free fun for all the family, with games, races, music, food, bouncy castle and much more. Believe in Boro will finish with a closing night on Saturday 16th June, at 7pm at St. Barnabas’ Church, Linthorpe Road. Canon Roger Simpson will speak on about what Christianity is all about.
Archbishop Sentamu said, “Believe in Boro is a great idea. It’s a chance for Christians across Middlesbrough to come together and show this fantastic town the difference that Jesus makes in our lives. We believe in a God who loves us all, and who reaches into people’s lives to change them from glory to glory. God isn’t distant or uncaring – he loves you - and I hope these events will show people a little of God’s love for them.”
The Revd Canon Erik Wilson, Vicar of St. Barnabas’ Church, is one of the church leaders who has organised Believe in Boro. He said, “Believe in Boro has been a great opportunity for churches of all different denominations – Church of England, Baptist, Methodist, New Frontiers and many more – to work together. . We may have different ways of doing things in our churches, but by coming together for Believe in Boro, we are saying that we are all part of a wider church family in Jesus Christ.”