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