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Pray One For Me

Archbishop Sentamu and local vicar Ben Norton in Middlesbrough town centre

Friday 8th February 2013

There’s a chance for people in Middlesbrough to ask the Archbishop of York to ‘Pray One For Me’ on Wednesday 13th February.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will be visiting All Saints Church and Teesside University to pray with people, whatever their worries and concerns.  All are welcome to join the Ash Wednesday services and you can also submit online prayer requests on the Archbishop’s website here

Archbishop Sentamu said, “Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent.  In contrast to the festivities of Pancake Day, it is a time of sober contemplation and fasting where we reflect on God's sacrificial love for us in Christ.  That may not immediately sound like a great thing to you, but actually having time for peace and reflection is very important in our busy lives – whether Jesus is real to you or not.

“In our daily lives we should think about other people, not just constantly focus on ourselves and our own needs. Lent is a time when the Church puts the spotlight on our human condition and in these difficult times there are many around us who need our love and support.

“I think it is important that we meet people wherever they are. That might mean going out into the local shopping centre, or the hospital, or sharing time with people getting their lives back on track. Everybody goes through difficult times and sometimes we need someone to be there to listen. God values everyone and is always there to offer support for all. And what's more, prayer is the greatest tool of communicating with God!”

Archbishop Sentamu will be at All Saints Church for services at 10am, 11am and 12 noon and at Teesside University for services at 1pm and 2pm.  Services at Teesside University will be held at The Chaplaincy House, behind Parkside Halls of Residence.  Please contact Andrew Howard - Chaplain at mb. 07740 932758. You can also submit prayer requests on the Archbishop’s website at


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