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Archbishop of York to visit Oldham

Archbishop of York's Diocesan visit to Oldham. Photo courtesy of Jon Parker Lee

Tuesday 21st October 2014

He will see first-hand projects in Oldham that are meeting the social needs of the community in innovative ways as part of his two-day visit to Manchester Diocese on 23 and 24 October 2014.

The Archbishop will be accompanied on his visit by the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, and the Bishop of Middleton, Mark Davies.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said: “ I am delighted to be spending a day in Oldham on Friday with Bishop Mark, meeting with those involved in the Near Neighbours Project at Clarksfield and finding out how young people are exploring their faith.  I first came to know Jesus Christ when I was 10 years old – it will be wonderful to find out how people in Oldham are walking and living out their lives in Christ.  As they say at Boundary Park, Come on Oldham!”

Street Angels

The Archbishop will meet the Street Angels and hear how the church supports people during out at night in Oldham Town Centre.

He will don a high-viz jacket and go on walkabout, calling in at the Wetherspoons Pub (The Up Steps Inn on the High Street OL1 3AJ) to pull a pint of Bishop’s Finger ale and chat to the locals. He will visit Club Envy to meet licensee representatives from the town centre police, council officials and staff at the night club.

The Archbishop will return to Oldham on Friday 24th at 10.15am to view the Street Angels’ new premises on Plate Street. He will meet volunteers and partners from the police, council Chief Exec, reps from drug & alcohol agencies to hear how they support and value the work of Street Angels.

Oldham MBC will show a short film on work of Oldham Street Angels and Dr Sentamu will view plans for an Angel sculpture being made for the premises by local community artists.

Near Neighbours in Clarksfield

St Barnabas’ has been involved in Near Neighbours at Clarksfield for three years. The project brings people together who are neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse so that they can get to know each other and work together to improve their community.

St Barnabas hosts a growing number of community projects, including Community Café and Job club, Barbells club, and a walking club. The Archbishop will meet Sam Eccleston, Community Worker.

Meeting with young people and youth workers

Dr Sentamu will meet groups of young people (aged 15-18) who went with the Bishop of Middleton on this year’s Diocesan Schools Pilgrimage week to Taize (France) and others who went on a Confirmation Camp in our link diocese of Tampere in Finland. Also present will be Young Leaders who helped to run a Confirmation Camp for Finnish young people preparing for confirmation.

Some of the young people have been confirmed, others are preparing for confirmation and some are exploring the Christian faith.



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