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Archbishop of York's Two Day Visit to Lancashire

Monday 3rd November 2014

The Church of England in Lancashire is delighted to announce that The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is to visit Lancashire on November 4 and 5.

While the Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagements across the region with the highlight being a fantastic FREE mission event ‘Light in Darkness’ at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

The Archbishop will carry out a number of key engagements including visits to St Michael’s High School in Chorley where a ‘Vocations Conference’ will be taking place; the University of Central Lancashire Chaplaincy Centre in Preston; Blackburn Cathedral; Preston Minster; Mitton Church and a church school in Accrington.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on 4-5 November, my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013. They’ve put together a fantastic programme in which I’ll meet school children, students and chaplains from the University of Central Lancaster, join in an interfaith group and also worship at Preston Minister.”

The Archbishop is particularly looking forward to speaking about the Good News of Jesus Christ at the Tower Ballroom at an evangelistic mission event called ‘Light in Darkness’. In his YouTube video message the Archbishop tells Lancashire to ‘get ready for fireworks of the different kind!’

He added: “The highlight will be a big and really exciting event at Blackpool Tower on Tuesday evening (November 4) to which all are invited to come and hear about Love and Hope.”

‘Light in Darkness’ is a free event and is open to everyone. It takes place at 7.30pm on November 4 in the fabulous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Hundreds from across the region are expected to attend, with many churches bringing bus-loads of people to the resort for the night.

Doors open at 6.30pm for ‘Light in Darkness’, so get there nice and early as the illuminations are still on that evening. There is extensive parking in Blackpool near the Tower. Before the event begins at 7.30pm there will be entertainment from a 30 piece band and music played on the mighty Tower Ballroom Wurlitzer.

Anticipating the visit of the Archbishop Lancashire’s Anglican Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson said: “I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say I am looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York to Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Church in this region.

“I recently presented proposals to Diocesan Synod looking towards a new era of growth and change for the Diocese and it will be a pleasure to hear the Archbishop speak at the massive mission event we are planning at the magnificent Tower Ballroom. This is exactly the kind of exciting outreach event we will be doing more of in future.”


Videos following the visit

During the two days of the visit, the Archbishop also recorded a video diary of his experiences and these short videos are  available on the Diocese YouTube channel

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