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Gladiator ‘Ace’ Joins Archbishop Sentamu for Crossroads Mission

Tuesday 30th August 2016

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is pleased to announce that former gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman is joining him for the Crossroads Mission taking place across the Blackburn Diocese from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September.


Archbishop Sentamu, together with all of the Bishops of the Northern Province and their teams, will be working alongside youth workers, ordinands and clergy. The essence of Crossroads is local churches engaging in local mission, inviting individuals to find out more about Jesus and his love for all.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “Throughout August I have prayed daily for the Crossroads Mission that we encourage all to come to encounter Jesus Christ; that we will be filled and renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit and that we go out to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s love with everyone.  I look forward to meeting the people of Lancashire on this mission. From Blackpool to Burnley – may everyone know that Jesus Rocks!”

Former Gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman joined the Archbishop during his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York to share his new life and trust in Jesus Christ. Warren will be sharing his faith journey at ‘Light at the Crossroads’ at Bowley Scout Camp with Gladiator style games and will be part of a team completing outdoor missions at Blackpool Town Centre on Friday and Lancaster City Centre on Saturday. On Sunday, he will join Archbishop Sentamu at HMP Kirkham as part of a packed programme over the four days.

The opening event is on Thursday 8September at 2pm at Blackburn Cathedral; the closing event is Sunday 11September at 4pm at Preston Flagmarket – all are warmly invited. Come and see!  


As part of the Crossroads Mission across the Diocese of Blackburn, Archbishop Sentamu will be at:


Thursday 8 September

2pm                           Commissioning Service  - – all welcome

                                    at Blackburn Cathedral, BB1 5AA

5pm                           Evening Prayers  – all welcome

                                    at St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Harwood, BB6 7PU

6.45pm                     ‘Light at the Crossroads’. *This is a youth gathering event – registration in advance is required.

                                    at Bowley Scout Camp, BB6 7UN. 

Friday 9 September

8.30am                     Morning Prayers – all welcome

                                    at Christchurch, Fulwood, PR2 8NE

9.30am                     Visit to Archbishop Temple School* for classroom work, assembly and Q & A sessions.  Lunch with the students.

1 to 5pm                   Open Air Minstry in Blackpool Town Centre – all welcome

                                   Close to Grand Theatre, Blackpool, FY1 1HT

7.30pm                    ‘Rhythm of Life’ – Outreach event - all welcome

                                    at Buckshaw Community Centre, PR7 7HZ

Saturday 10 September

9am                            Morning Prayers  - – all welcome

                                     at Blackburn Cathedral, BB1 5AA

9.45 to 11.15am        Open Air Ministry in Blackburn Town Centre – all welcome

                                    King William Street, Blackburn , BB1 7DP

1.15 to 4pm               Open Air Ministry in Lancaster City Centre – all welcome

                                    Close to Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HY

5.45pm                     Evening Prayers – all welcome

                                    at St James Church, Shireshead PR3 0AE

7pm                           Community Event – all welcome

                                    at Wyre Village Hall, St Michael’s on Wyre, PR3 0UA

10.30pm                   Archbishop's team  to join Preston Street Pastors

Sunday 11 September

9am                            Visit to HMP Kirkham. *

4pm                           Celebration Event – all welcome

                                    Preston Flagmarket, Cheapside, PR1 2PP


Media wishing to attend events marked with an * must contact Elizabeth Addy at email: [email protected] or at tel 01904 772365.  No media is permitted at HMP Kirkham.

Photographs of the mission will be available at:

For more information about the Northern Bishops Crossroads Mission, 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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