6 August 2015

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will visit the Moor Market next month as part of a four-day “Crossroads” mission across Sheffield Diocese, involving 21 Bishops of the Church of England.

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

Among the group of Bishops will be Bishop Libby Lane, the first woman to be appointed as a Bishop of the Church of England.

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

“I hope that the group will enjoy their time in Sheffield, and that many people will come into the city centre during the visit to be part of this important occasion for the city.”

On Saturday, 12 September Archbishop Sentamu will arrive at the Moor Market shortly after lunch and address those outside on The Moor, before going inside to speak to shoppers and stallholders of all faiths.

Throughout the day, a stall will bet set up at the market with information about the Crossroads Mission.

Following the visit, the Moor Market will host a service for the congregation of St Matthew’s Church in Carver Street. All are welcome to attend.

Father Grant Naylor from St Matthew’s Church said: “It will be wonderful to welcome the Archbishop to the city.

“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.”

For more information visit the website at www.sheffield.anglican.org/crossroads-mission