Bishop Alison White and Bishop Libby Lane with balloons for the start of the Crossroads Mission in Sheffield

Transformation of the North

Sowing the seeds of the Gospel

Bishops and their teams from the northern half of The Church of England led by the Archbishop of York have been sowing the seeds of the Gospel and encouraging people to learn more about the Christian faith.

Northern Bishops Missions have taken place in Sheffield in 2015, Blackburn in 2016 and Durham in 2017. Moving Mountains Mission takes place across Cumbria in March 2018.

Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls - Jeremiah 6.16

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The Crossroads Mission in the Diocese of Sheffield

The Crossroads Mission in the Diocese of Sheffield took place from 10-13 September 2015.  This was the first time so many Bishops have worked together in mission in this way in a single diocese in the long history of the Church of England.

The Bishops came from every diocese in the Province of York and from every tradition.  The Crossroads Mission in Sheffield included the most recent Bishops to be consecrated for the north: Bishop Libby Lane of Stockport, Bishop Philip North of Burnley, and Bishop Alison White of Hull.

Bishop Libby speaks to two women on the street
Archbishop stands with man outside Sheffield Cathedral

The hope is that Crossroads will touch many people’s lives and will help them to find a living faith

Archbishop John Sentamu

Bishops and their teams visited schools, pubs, universities, colleges, hospitals, youth clubs, shopping centres, community centres, cafes and churches; the Penistone and Rotherham Shows also saw hundreds of people pass through their ‘Messy Church’ tents.

The Crossroads Mission in the Diocese of Blackburn

Former gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman joined the Crossroads Mission in the Diocese of Blackburn in September 2016.  Archbishop Sentamu, together with all of the Bishops of the Northern Province and their teams, worked 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.

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... From Blackpool to Burnley – may everyone know that Jesus Rocks!

Archbishop John Sentamu
Archbishop transported in car buggy to the Light at the Crossroads Youth Event
Talking Jesus in the Diocese of Durham

Four days of mission and celebration started at Durham Cathedral on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in a service led by the Archbishop, after which teams went out into communities in all corners of the Diocese - from the Tyne to the Tees and the Dales to the Sea. The Bishops and their teams set out to talk about Jesus at more than 450 community events across the sixteen deaneries in the Diocese of Durham.

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Archbishop John Sentamu

"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"

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Moving Mountains

From 8 – 11 March 2018 around Cumbria

More missions in 2018 and beyond  
From Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th September, there will be a Northern Bishops mission to Newcastle. And in 2019, missions are planned in Liverpool (March) and Southwell & Nottingham (September) 

In the coming months we pray for an increase in the numbers of people coming to what are called 'enquirers courses' in our parishes. At these courses people can delve further into what it means to become a Christian and we hope they will choose to make a personal step of faith themselves.

Archbishop John Sentamu