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Archbishop of York Backs Project to Attract New Priests to God's Own County

Is This You?

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

The Archbishop has given his backing to a new project to encourage people to think about a vocation in the church in Yorkshire.

The Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu has written a special message online at  in which he tells the story of why he chose his vocation.

 “When I was ten years old, I was told by a missionary who came for my birthday party that if I decided to follow Jesus there would be a party in heaven. “As a ten year old, the idea that there would be angels having a party because of me was irresistible and that night I prayed and I asked God to be in my life and make a difference.  I have never looked back!”

The joint project to attract new clergy by the dioceses of Wakefield, Bradford, Ripon and Leeds dioceses is called Is This You? and was launched during the ordination weekends in each of the dioceses – which saw the church strengthened with 46 new deacons and priests.

Posters and postcards are being sent out to churches over the next few weeks and plans are in the pipeline for a billboard campaign later in the year.

Revd Canon Stephen Race, Diocesan Director of Ordinands in Wakefield said “It is always encouraging when people come forward and offer themselves as Deacons and Priests in the service of God and His Church.

“It is a clear message that the Christian faith is not only alive and well today, but that we have hope for the future knowing that these men and women will inspire others to live the life of Jesus, serve their communities and be a sign of hope in an often troubled world.

“Our next step is to take this onto the streets – we’d love a billboard and an on the buses campaign – and we are looking for partners to help us achieve this.”

Anyone interested in supporting the billboard campaign – please get in touch with 

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