The Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu will carry out a whistle-stop tour of Lancashire next week.
On Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5, Dr Sentamu’s schedule will include a visit to St Michael’s High School in Chorley; The University of Central Lancashire in Preston; Blackburn Cathedral and Preston Minster.
All clergy from across The Church of England Diocese in Lancashire have been invited to attend the lunchtime visit to Preston Minster on Wednesday, where Dr Sentamu is expected to speak supportively of the recent proposals by the Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, for the future of the Diocese.
The Archbishop said: “I have read Bishop Julian’s proposals with interest and I rejoice that his Diocese is going to be taking positive action in growing the Church in Lancashire in the coming years; particularly in relation to investment in youth ministry which is vital for the continued health and growth of the Church.”
He added: “I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on November 4 and 5, my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013.
“They’ve put together a fantastic programme in which I’ll meet school children; students and chaplains from the University of Central Lancaster, join in an interfaith group and also worship at Preston Minster.”
The Archbishop said he is particularly looking forward to speaking about the Good News of Jesus Christ at Blackpool Tower Ballroom at an evangelistic mission event called ‘Light in Darkness’.
He will speak about his life to date, including his difficult childhood growing up in Uganda.
He said: “All are invited to come and hear about Love and Hope.”
‘Light in Darkness’ is a free event and is open to everyone. Doors open at 6pm, with the talk from 7.30pm.
Anticipating the visit, Lancashire’s Anglican Bishop, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson said: “I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say I am looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York to Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Church in this region.
“I recently presented proposals to Diocesan Synod looking towards a new era of growth and change for the Diocese and it will be a pleasure to hear the Archbishop speak at the massive mission event we are planning at the magnificent Tower Ballroom.
“This is exactly the kind of exciting outreach event we will be doing more of in future.”