A bigger and more engaged church across the whole region

Bishop Paul and Bishop Richard made the journey to the Diocese of Sheffield as part of the Northern Bishop's challenge of Annual mission set by the Archbishop of York during last year's retreat.

The Bishops were invited to bring a team with them to experience and engage in the mission of a different deanery.

Bishop Paul was joined by Linda Jones, Carol Backhouse and Jack Branford to Lawton Deanary in Sheffield.

Bishop Paul said “This mission emerged from a retreat in which the bishops of the North gathered with their Archbishop to pray and to discern how we could best support the mission of God in the Province. The vision we all share is to be a bigger and more engaged church across the whole region. I was pleased to play my part and got to know some lovely folk. Mission and growth is not something that will happen on its own. We have to be intentional about joining with the Holy Spirit and bringing the Good News to all. This is something we witnessed in Sheffield and my prayer is that it will be something that can be shared in many places”.

Photo - Bishop Paul with Rev Margaret Caunt from Sheffield visiting a working mans club as part of the Deanary tour. 

Bishop Richard was joined by Neil Short and team from St James in the City. 

Bishop Richard said "Returning to my former diocese for this mission was an absolute pleasure. It was great to be a part of this important mission and to show the community the transforming power of the Spirit. I was thrilled that Neil Short and a team from St James in the City could be with me to show a fine example of what our diocese can achieve. It was an important, exciting weekend of activities and my prayer is that those lives who were touched by our presence with them will continue to be inspired to grow in faith.”

They took part in a ethics debate and question and answer session at Meadowhead school in Sheffield (photo).