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‘CROSSROADS’ Northern Bishops’ Mission

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Archbishop’s video message to Lancashire recorded during pilgrimage

The Diocese of Blackburn (The Church of England in Lancashire) is preparing to welcome the Archbishop for his next big mission date, when he and nearly 30 Bishops from across the north of England will come to Lancashire for the Crossroads Mission, taking place from September 8-11 this year. Crossroads will be part of the ongoing work for the Diocese of Blackburn’s Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

While travelling across the Diocese of York on his pilgrimage, the Archbishop took time out to record a message to all parishes in Lancashire about Crossroads. It was first shown to the 1600+ people who attended the 'Vision 2026 @ The Guild Hall' event on May 10 and can be viewed here: 

Bishop Julian said: "Put simply, Crossroads Mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with people across Lancashire - and the Archbishop will be leading from the front.

"His pilgrimage around York Diocese shows his passion for practical outreach and mission in our communities which is at the heart of Vision 2026 and I give thanks to God for the initiative which has been a fantastic success.

"I can't guarantee the Archbishop will walk as far when he comes to Lancashire, but he will certainly be seen in a huge number of locations across the region during the four day event!

“Crossroads begins with a commissioning service at Blackburn Cathedral and ends with a celebration event on Preston's Flag Market at 4pm on Sunday, September 11, both of which will be led by the Archbishop himself."

Crossroads Mission will involve every parish in Lancashire and takes place from September 8 -11 2016. Find out more here

The Archbishop of York has released data detailing the distances covered during his six-month long Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

According to the data, taken from his iPhone, the Archbishop walked 1,578 miles (2,359.5km). In addition to the distance covered the Archbishop also revealed other facts and figures from the Pilgrimage in the Diocese of York - an area of 2,661 square miles - which began on 1 December in St Mary’s Church, Whitby.

He said: “I’ve prayed with 25,100 people using prayer beads and saying the Lord’s Prayer as well as singing a Taizé chant in over 480 churches.  I also said prayers in most schools and hospitals."

"I have visited 148 schools, including nursery pre-schools, primary, secondary and sixth form colleges, where the standard of teaching and the level of learning taking place is excellent. 

"I have visited 22 hospitals and hospices along the route. Throughout the Pilgrimage we have distributed many booklets exploring how one encounters Jesus Christ and can be filled with the Holy Spirit; 60,000 bookmarks and prayer cards. I would like to thank all who have joined me in prayer and the many people who encouraged me on the way.”

To watch videos of shared testimonies from the Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing, please visit:

Blackburn Diocesan Prayer for Vision 2026:

Heavenly Father, we embrace

Your call for us to make disciples,

To be witnesses and to grow leaders.

Give us the eyes to see Your vision,

ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit

and courage to follow in

the footsteps of your Son,

our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


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