Archbishop Sentamu’s Mission in Mowbray Deanery 13-15 April 2018
The weekend of the 13th April felt like a long time in the planning - with 18 events happening across the deanery, from Osmotherley to Sowerby, and all but one happening outside church buildings, we were blessed with a sunny weekend to share the Good News of God’s love.
Some of my own highlights were hearing the Archbishop talk with Northallerton’s Air Cadets and answer their challenging questions, before commissioning some of their young officers.
There was great conversation (and excellent bacon butties!) at Thirsk Auction Mart - and the farmers’ breakfast was unexpectedly joined by a group of Christian bikers who were also out on mission that weekend! Northallerton’s Northern Saints were really excited to help prepare the way for the Archbishop’s visit to our market stall, and also got to ‘Grill’ Bishop Paul the night before. Kirk House enjoyed Bishop Paul’s visit, and the fellowship afterwards over tea and cake. Lastly, there was the deanery get-together for worship in Northallerton Town Hall at noon on Sunday - the sun shone, the band played, and I think we raised the roof with prayer and singing!
Given it’s the first mission weekend the Deanery has done together, things went well - and the Archbishop was still buzzing about all that had happened a week later! Now’s the time to build on some of the momentum, and see where God leads us.
On the Saturday there were special stalls at both Thirsk and Northallerton markets. The Northallerton stall was staffed on an hourly rota by eleven lay people from All Saints and St James, plus clergy from the northern part of the Deanery. Bishop Paul was with us for most of the morning and Archbishop Sentamu arrived at 2pm and stayed till mid-afternoon. We were a bit disappointed to be placed on the square in front of the Town Hall: the footfall there is not high and it is easy to avoid! However, there were still plenty of good conversations, and invitations, leaflets, prayer beads and gospels were given to visitors. A big thank you to everyone who took part, and especially to Rob, Steven and George who helped with the setup and dismantling, and Julia and Carol who prepared the displays and materials.