Everyone is encouraged to invite friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to local events happening throughout the mission weekend in schools, cafés, pubs, churches and community hubs. Watch the video and find out more about the mission weekends
Jesus has invited us to proclaim the good news of God's love and make disciples...It’s about all of us accepting Jesus’ invitation to life in all its fullness, being encouraged in our journey of faith and being open to the grace of the Holy Spirit.Archbishop John Sentamu
Details on the mission weekends in the Diocese of York
Archbishop Sentamu was invited into the kitchen of The Star Inn at Harome by Chef Andrew Pern as part of the mission in the deanery of Northern Ryedale from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 January 2017. All of the events were based on the theme of INVITE. Archbishop Sentamu said, “Jesus has invited us to proclaim the good news of God's love and make disciples. I hope that, through the INVITE events that are happening over this weekend, many will hear the good news of Jesus Christ and his love for them, accepting Jesus’ invitation to life in all its fullness.”
The mission in the Deanery of Easingwold was the second in a series of mission weekends. This included plough celebrations, a Quiznight and Q & A session chaired by The Reverend Matt Woodcock (author of Becoming Reverend – A Diary), and a blessing of the newly re-opened Rose and Crown at Sutton on the Forest, saved for the village by the village.
Archbishop Sentamu preached at a special service on the Quayside in Hull to commemorate trawlermen lost at sea as part of his third deanery mission weekend from 10 to 12 February 2017. The Archbishop said, “I am looking forward to returning to Hull for this weekend of mission. I never tire of telling the marvellous story of Jesus Christ and how knowing him and his love can transform lives whatever situations we face. I want to encourage all to come along and to invite their friends, family and work colleagues to hear for themselves about the love of God as seen in Jesus Christ. This is amazing news of hope - don’t miss out!”
Archbishop Sentamu returned to Stokesley Deanery for a weekend of mission from 24 to 26 March 2017 which included Red Nose Day and Mothering Sunday celebrations. The Archbishop said, “Throughout the weekend I want to tell people of the joy and fulfilment that can be with each one of us every day when we know Jesus Christ as our personal friend and Saviour and what a difference that this can make.”
Archbishop Sentamu led Palm Sunday celebrations this weekend as part of his mission to the Howden Deanery from 7 to 9 April 2017. The Archbishop said: “This is my fifth mission weekend in the Diocese of York and it is also the start of Holy Week as we journey towards Easter Sunday. Easter is such a wonderful time to encounter the Risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and it is never too late to follow him.”
Archbishop Sentamu joined the crowds to cheer on the start of the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday 28 April at the Bridlington Spa as part of a packed weekend of mission events. The Archbishop said: “There is something for everyone in Bridlington - it is a place that I have always enjoyed visiting. I have been so blessed to meet so many people as part of the mission weekends across the Diocese of York – and this weekend in and around Bridlington looks set to be full of fun. The riders of the Tour de Yorkshire demonstrate such drive and commitment to their task – and I will be bringing that same energy and enthusiasm to tell others of the love of Jesus Christ. Join me on the road!
Archbishop Sentamu headed to Hull - 2017 City of Culture - for a packed weekend of mission, telling others of the love of Jesus Christ, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May. The Archbishop boarded a boat and led a flotilla of vessels on the River Humber. He carried with him a lantern light from All Saints Church from which he lit the Hull Minster candle at the end of the open-air Minster making service.
Archbishop Sentamu was joined on the road by the Bishop of Selby – the Rt Revd John Thomson, Archdeacon Sarah Bullock and Mrs Margaret Sentamu for a weekend 'Heralding New Life in New Ainsty' from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May 2017. This mission included blessings at Bramham, car washing at Upper Poppleton, beer & hymns at Bolton Percy, tree planting at Tadcaster and plenty more besides!
Archbishop Sentamu mission in Whitby Deanery from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2017 included a Forest Class at Sleights Primary School; boarding and meeting passengers on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway -Whitby to Goathland steam train; giving an address as part of the WW1 Commemoration event at Fylingdales; and leading 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!”
Archbishop Sentamu joined in part of a ‘Holiday to Holy Day’ mission week in the Southern Ryedale Deanery which took place in the last week of July. The Revd Taff Morgan said, “It is wonderful that the Archbishop is able to join us for the weekend of 28th to 30th July as part of our mission week at the start of the school holidays. We want to invite people to explore faith and find out more about Jesus. There will be lots of activities and events so whether you like your Church to be Messy, Sweaty, Café or Spa – we’ve got it covered. Join us!”
Archbishop Sentamu headed to Hull for a weekend of mission from Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October which included harvest festivals and the opening of the Prayer Labyrinth at Kingswood. Bishop Alison White and Archdeacon Andy Broom visited schools and local churches to share the Good News of the love of Jesus Christ with all they met.
Archbishop Sentamu cheered on those taking part in the fifth Yorkshire Marathon as part of his marathon mission in Derwent. The Archbishop said, “As the marathon runners take part in the race on Sunday, I am reminded of the fact that we are all running the race of life now, every day of our lives. We are not in training - this is the real thing! My appeal to all is to come and find out from the mission, how Jesus Christ can come and walk beside us so that we can know his love for us and share it with those around us. Come on Yorkshire!”
Archbishop Sentamu was in Scarborough from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October for a weekend of mission entitled ‘Come and see – Come and follow me’. A journey of faith was shared by Trish Kinsella at the Newcastle Packet Pub, the Pearl of Africa Choir performed at the Scarborough Market Hall, school Q & A's at George Pindar School, Scalby School, Scarborough Sixth Form College and St Augustine RC School - and the Fair at the Flower of May Holiday Park hosted activities with talks by Archbishop Sentamu to round off the mission.
The Archbishop and the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Paul Ferguson led the Remembrance Service at 11am at The Cenotaph, Linthorpe Road as part of a wider mission weekend to share God’s love in Middlesbrough. In preparation for the 11th November, Macmillan Academy and Archibald Primary School students shared their two remembrance projects with the Archbishop; one focused on understanding the history behind the awarding of medals and the symbolic significance of them and the other being the preparation of the annual Remembrance Day broadcast which was streamed to every classroom as a way of helping students understand the importance of Remembrance so that the sacrifices are never forgotten.
The Archbishop and Bishop Alison White began their Advent preparations for Christmas in South Holderness as part of a jam-packed festive mission weekend. Bishop Alison said: “This is going to be a great weekend. There are all kinds of places and events where we can meet up. My hope is that somewhere over the weekend you’ll find you have also been met by God”.
For photos of the Advent mission in South Holderness
The Archbishop, the Bishop of Selby Dr John Thomson and the Archdeacon of York Sarah Bullock joined in the seasonal fun of preparing for the birth of Jesus at Christmas during three days of mission across the town and Deanery of Selby. This included ‘The Big Sing’, a part-candlelit evening at Selby Abbey organised by Christian Aid and featuring performances by local schools and organisations as well as community carol singing. And, Archbishop Sentamu spoke at the celebratory 150th anniversary service at St James’ Church, Selby.
Christmas carols and christingles featured as Archbishop Sentamu joined the Advent preparations for Christmas in schools, churches and around the communities of South Wold Deanery (Market Weighton and surrounding villages) over the weekend 15th – 17th December.
Archbishop Sentamu sampled a flavour of North Holderness life and produce when he visited North Holderness Deanery (the parishes and communities around Hornsea) for the weekend of mission 23 to 25 March 2018 - marking the start of Holy Week. This included two end of term Easter assemblies for local primary schools, as well as meeting with members of the local farming community, local churches and Hornsea parish council.
Archbishop Sentamu, faced questions and quizzes in the Deanery of Guisborough (parishes grouped around the Guisborough / Redcar / Saltburn area) during a Mission Weekend from Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April, joining local church members in sharing their faith.
The Archbishop led a weekend of mission events in and around Beverley during the weekend of 11 to 13 May 2018 - with visits to local schools, speaking at the launch of an Open Door community cafe at St Michael’s Centre which is attached to St Michael’s Parish Church, Cherry Burton as well as joining bring-and-share lunches and a Great Hog Roast event at St Mary’s Church. The Archbishop also gave a blessing to those taking part in the B&A Scaffolding 2km Fun Run and started off the Pittaway Beverley 10km race.
Christians lined the Walls of York to pray for the City on Thursday 10th May as local churches come together as part of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ international wave of prayer for the ten days from the Feast of The Ascension of Jesus Christ (on the 10th May this year) to the Feast of Pentecost (on the 20th May this year). Coordinated by One Voice York, there were many prayer opportunities as well as an Open Youth Event with Silent Disco, performances by York Riding Lights Theatre Company’s Roughshod team, public readings of the four Gospels and the Book of Acts from the Bible in City Centre churches, a genuine electoral ballot box set up for a week outside St Oswald’s Church in Fulford for the public to vote for prayer topics, a host of events through the final weekend with Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, and finally a ‘Beacon’ worship event led by a team from St Michael-le-Belfrey Church in York Minster at 7.30pm on the evening of Pentecost Day, Sunday 20th May.
Rescheduled from March because of the heavy snowfall, the Archbishop joined locals for coffee, Q&A and a talk, lunch and the match at Driffield Cricket Club, chatting with members and spectators. The Archbishop shared his journey of faith and Q&A at a Quiz Night, led worship at four services on Sunday including one to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer. On Monday the Archbishop visited local schools – Wetwang CE Primary and Sledmere CE Primary Schools in the morning and Driffield School in the afternoon. Students enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Archbishop, hear about his personal journey of faith and have Q & As.
Discovering God's Love was the theme of the mission weekend at York Minster which took place from Friday 28 September until Sunday 30 September 2018. This included harvest festivals with local schools, Q & A sessions, a ceilidh with the Minster community & friends. On Saturday, the Archbishop spent the day as chaplain meeting with pilgrims, visitors and worshippers for prayer, discussion and questions about faith and offering pastoral care to those in need. Huw Edwards BBC Broadcaster and Presenter hosted a musical event 'an audience with the Sentamus' where the Archbishop and Margaret talked about their lives, how they came to discover God’s love and how they continue to live their faith. A renewal of baptism promises took place on the Sunday, the Archbishop led the children's activities and Margaret preached - before a lunch with young people and evensong to conclude the mission.