Lancashire’s new bishop, Julian Henderson, visited the county’s police headquarters at Hutton in one of his first appointments in his new role.
The visit was one of his stops on a prayer vigil across Lancashire following his consecration on October 10 at York Minster by the Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu.
Until tomorrow, just 24 hours before Saturday’s inauguration at Blackburn Cathedral, the bishop will be travelling across Lancashire on a vigil which will take him to all points on the compass.
At the police headquarters, after spending some time praying, Bishop Julian, who was accompanied by his wife Heather met with Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.
Bishop Julian said: “My chief priority in Christian ministry is to share the story of what God has done for all people and call them to take him seriously in their lives.
“I love to help others come to faith in Jesus Christ and will want to encourage the many Christian communities around the diocese to engage in that outward-looking task.
“On this vigil I am praying for all aspects of the life of the county and the church and this stop was an opportunity to pray for the police and for the emergency services and the important work they do every day.”
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan added: “I was delighted to meet Lancashire’s new Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson and his wife Heather when they visited police headquarters.
“I was grateful to the bishop for taking the time to pray for all emergency services, including the police, as part of his prayer vigil.
“We appreciate that he has thought about and prayed for the work the police and emergency services do every day for the county at such an early stage in his tenure as bishop.”