Archbishop Makes Tracks for Whitby


Deanery Mission at Whitby

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is leading a mission in Whitby Deanery next weekend from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2017 where he will join a Forest Class at Sleights Primary School; board and meet passengers on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway -Whitby to Goathland steam train; give an address as part of the WW1 Commemoration event at Fylingdales; and lead an outdoor service at Whitby Abbey.

The Archbishop said, “Whitby has a fantastic Christian heritage, not least in the person of Hilda of Whitby who founded Whitby Abbey.  Following in Hilda’s footsteps, I would like to share my love of God in Jesus Christ with the people of Whitby throughout this mission weekend. I want to encourage those who may be thinking of finding out more about the Christian faith to come along.  So invite your friends and join me – I hope there will be time for fish and chips too!”

BBC Radio Tees 

Archbishop Sentamu talks about the  Deanery Mission in Whitby and following in the steps of one of the great northern saints - st Hilda- this weekend. He also reflected on the learning and teaching in our schools - a sign of tremendous hope. ( 2:41:08 to 2:47:20). Listen to theBBC Radio Tees Interview

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“We're thrilled that Archbishop Sentamu will be joining our weekend commemorating two bellringers from St Stephen's, Richard Duck and John William Lowther, who lost their lives in World War One”, said Fylingdales Churchwarden Anne Hutton. “The church is at the heart of the village and this weekend is a great example of how we work together.”

This will be the ninth weekend of mission in the Diocese of York. The Archbishop will be joined on the road by the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, and Archdeacon Sam Rushton.

The mission begins on Friday morning when the Archbishop will visit Caedmon College for a Q & A session with students, before leading an assembly at Ruswarp Primary School.  In the afternoon, the Archbishop will join in with pupils at Sleights Church of England Primary School for their forest school learning.  Bishop Paul will visit Castleton School and Archdeacon Sam will attend a WW1 Veteran Tea Celebration at the Trinity Centre before addressing a Rotary Club at the Saxonville Hotel at 12.30pm.

Saturday begins with a breakfast testimony at Cranberry Swamp Café – this is a sold out event – before the Archbishop meets those on board a steam train from Whitby to Goathland.  A pop-up gazebo will be at Goathland village on Saturday morning, an opportunity to ask about faith and to meet with the Archbishop - all are welcome.  At midday, the Archbishop will be arriving at St Stephen’s Church Fylingdales where he will give a talk on the theme of sacrifice as part of the WW1 Commemoration weekend.  St Hilda’s Church, Whitby will be offering a Messy Church event at 3pm. Light refreshments are available and all are welcome.  At 7.30pm Lythe Village Hall is hosting a Bring and Share meal -  all are welcome to this supper event, bring a friend and food along!

On Sunday, the Archbishop will preach at the 10am Deanery Eucharist Service at St Mary’s Church, East Cliff – all are welcome.  Following the service, join the procession from St Mary’s to the grounds of Whitby Abbey.  At 11.15am there will be an outdoor Service of the Word here led by Archbishop Sentamu – all are welcome.  The Archbishop will then meet staff and visitors in the Visitor Centre at Whitby Abbey before taking a picnic lunch in the grounds.  

For information for prices and opening times for Whitby Abbey, please visit the English Heritage website.