Archbishop Sentamu’s Mission in Mowbray Deanery 13th-15th April 2018
What’s it all about? We’re celebrating the love of God as shown to us by Jesus – wherever we are, whatever we do, God is inviting us to join in being part of the church, reaching out to one another, sharing our faith, and welcoming all as part of Christ’s community of love. Our Archbishop is coming to join in a weekend of special events for people to come and ask questions and hear more about the Christian faith.
Have a think about which of your friends, neighbours, colleagues, family you want to invite along to hear the Archbishop and his team speak. What questions would they like to ask him? Perhaps you’ve got out of the habit of church and are looking for a special occasion to get the habit back. Have a look at the events, and see which one(s) you’d like to come to, and bring a friend along too.
(If you’re worried that this sounds like a scary prospect: you’ll be surprised at what God might do – don’t say people’s ‘no’ for them!) Several local churches will be offering follow up courses for people who’d like to find out more – more details to follow.
Farmers’ Breakfast at Thirsk Auction Mart’s Gavel Cafe, Saturday 14th April from 9am. For all involved in farming to meet with the Archbishop and raise awareness of issues in farming today, with free bacon sandwiches. More information from Rev Dianne Gamble (01845 523 680)
Supper with Sentamu at Romanby Golf Club, Saturday 14th from 7pm. Come and hear the Archbishop speak about faith, enjoy a two course supper, and help raise funds for the Farming Communities Network, a Christian charity which supports local farmers. Tickets £25 from Peter Gardner (email@example.com) and Roger Bennett.
Look out for stalls on Thirsk and Northallerton markets on Saturday between 9am – 3pm, chance to meet the Archbishop as he drops in. Local church members will also be available to offer prayer support with all who’d like to.
Do you play bowls, or know someone locally who does? There’ll be a deanery-wide competition in Sowerby on Saturday 14th April: chance to have fun, make new friends and share stories of faith – teams of all levels are invited to compete, please contact Rev Dianne Gamble (01845 523 680) for more information.
Northallerton Town Hall on Sunday, from 12noon: all the churches in the area will gather for a big picnic, looking beyond our church walls to pray and worship together with Archbishop Sentamu, and share stories of faith and God’s call in our lives. Please bring a friend and some food! – for more info please ask Rev Fiona Mayer-Jones, (01609 773338).
In addition, please pray for the weekend – in your own devotions, in your church’s intercessions: for people who you’d like to invite to an event, for those who will hear Good News that weekend. Pray for all the preparations – and how your church will respond. Pray for the Archbishop and others joining us – for our joint witness of God’s love in our communities. You might like to use the following prayer:
Generous God, source of all life and growth, grant us your vision for our planning, your wisdom for our actions, and your power for our witness; that through your Holy Spirit your church may grow in number, in faithful service to our communities and in love and commitment to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
And if you’d like to join together with others across the deanery in praying for the weekend, please contact Tricia Frith (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is sharing several prayer events before and after the mission.
There are other events which you might like to invite people to:
A coffee morning at Orchid House, Sowerby Gateway on Friday 13th from 1030am, all welcome.
Welbury Afternoon Tea (Saturday 14th, 2.30pm-4.30pm in the Village Hall) hosted by the PCC, with chance to meet the Archbishop. More info from Roger Bennett (email@example.com)
Do you know some teenagers who’d like to Grill a Bishop? Invite them (with their youth leaders) to join Northallerton’s Northern Saints Youth Club at 5pm on Friday 13th – and also stay on for the Burn until 9pm: creative worship and live music – more info from their leader, Donneta Thomas (01609 773338)
For younger children and their families, there will be Sweaty Churches in Sowerby and Dalton. If you’re familiar with Messy Church – Sweaty Church does lots of games instead of crafts, followed by a time of prayer and worship, and a meal. More info from Pauline Alderson or Rev Dianne Gamble
Events will also be happening with North Yorkshire Police Chaplaincy, Northallerton Air Cadets, and Kirk House in Romanby – so if you know people who are involved there, pass the word on!