14 September 2015

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, visited the Moor Market on Saturday, 12 September, as part of a four-day “Crossroads” mission across Sheffield Diocese, involving 21 Bishops of the Church of England.

During his visit he talked to traders and shoppers alike, as well as sampling a Portugese tart and buying fresh produce including olives.

The Archbishop was also presented with ales from trader Sean Clarke at Beer Central.

Hundreds of events took place over the weekend as part of the Crossroads Mission, in schools, pubs, universities, colleges, shopping centres, community centres, cafes and churches across the region.

Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It was an honour to welcome the Archbishop of York and his party of bishops to Sheffield diocese for this mission.”

Throughout Saturday, a stall was set up at the market with information about the Crossroads Mission.

Following the visit, the Moor Market hosted a service for the congregation of St Matthew’s Church in Carver Street.

Father Grant Naylor from St Matthew’s Church said: “Both the Church and the market have been key institutions in the history of Sheffield.

“Archbishop Sentamu is a real champion for northern communities and it’s my prayer that this visit will bring many blessings on the market and city alike.”

The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, added: “As far as I know, this is 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.”