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Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu visit to Hartlepool College of FE

Hartlepool College of Further Education

Friday 3rd March 2017

On Friday 3 March, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is visiting Hartlepool College of Further Education from 10.30–11.30am. He will speak on the topic “Talking Jesus? Does faith have a place in the public square?”.


The event is for students in school years 10–13 and will include a presentation by Muslim students from Qatar at the College of FE on their faith and understanding of Jesus, as well as an opportunity for students to ask questions of the Archbishop.

The Archbishop is visiting the College of FE as part of a weekend of events called “Talking Jesus” which is taking place across the Diocese of Durham from 2 to 5 March 2017.  Churches all over the Diocese are holding events during the weekend which are being supported and attended by Bishops from across the North of England.  The events will take place in a variety of locations with the central theme of talking about Jesus and engaging with the wider community.

Darren Hankey, Principal of Hartlepool College of FE, commented, “Hartlepool College of Further Education works hard to ensure its learners are prepared to play an active role as citizens once they leave the College.  Under the banner of RESPECT, the College aims to make its learners aware of the richness and diversity of the world in which we live.  The visit to the College of the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is greatly anticipated and adds to the College’s RESPECT work.”

The Revd Nick Moore, for Hartlepool’s Anglican churches, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Hartlepool College of FE to provide this opportunity for students to hear, ask questions of, and meet the Archbishop of York.  As he sits in the House of Lords and has been a public figure for many years now, he is ideally placed to open up a discussion on the place of faith in the public square.”

The Archbishop said: “We’re in the Durham Diocese for a weekend of ‘Talking Jesus’. Jesus came to bring the very life of God as a gift to all of us.  His resurrection makes it possible for us to live the life he lived.  The heart of the Christian faith is about having an encounter with Jesus – an encounter which transforms and brings hope and love.”


For more information about the Talking Jesus weekend or the Diocese of Durham, please contact Keith Blundy,, 07900 583131,

For Hartlepool College of FE please contact Debbie Caygill, student services, 01429 404 142,

The Revd Nick Moore is curate (assistant minister) of Stranton Church, one of 12 Anglican (Church of England) churches in the town, 01429 597 284,



If you want to catch up with the Archbishop over the Mission weekend, on Thursday 2 March he will be at the Commissioning Service at Durham Cathedral at 2pm then in the Market Square from 3pm.

Friday sees the Archbishop visiting Hartlepool College of Further Education at 10.30am; St Matthew’s Church, Silksworth at 1pm; The Venerable Bede Academy in Sunderland from around 1.30pm, then at the Ceilidh at the Westwood Social Club in Washington from 7pm. 

Saturday begins at St James and St Bede’s Church in Gateshead at 9.30am with a Community Breakfast.  The Archbishop will then move on to the Metro Centre around lunch time, Sunderland city centre and the Bridges Shopping Centre from 2-4pm.  The Mustard Tree at Hurworth Methodist Church is hosting a café style service for young people from 7pm which will also be the launch of a new Lent Course.

The Archbishop will be at St Thomas’ Church in Stanhope at 10am on Sunday morning, then will round up the Mission at the Cathedral at 3pm when everyone is invited to attend the Celebration Service.

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