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Pilgrim Archbishop meets public at Hedon Market

ARCHBISHOP of York, Dr. John Sentamu visited Hedon yesterday as part of his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

Market Meat ManThe day highlighted an important part of Archbishop Sentamu’s Pilgrimage; to meet people in person, to talk and pray and together to look at ways of refreshing the faith that people share. After a 50 minute walk from Paull along the Humber Bank, the Archbishop was keen to get to Hedon and had stops planned at the Alexandra Hall pop-in coffee morning and at Hedon Market before taking a Lent Lunch organised by Hedon & District Churches Together. But within minutes of entering Hedon’s Sheriff Highway, he was stopping, talking and shaking hands with people. Those fortunate enough to meet the Archbishop were offered a bookmark produced for the Pilgrimage which featured the words to a special prayer marking the event.

Although not scheduled as part of the visit, Archbishop Sentamu was very keen to see inside the 800-year-old St. Augustine’s Church – and even took some photos on his mobile phone.

Following lunch, the Pilgrimage was set to include visits to Sproatley and Preston.

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  1. Join In Celebrations of Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing.

    Archbishop Sentamu’s 6-Month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York is to finish at the end of next week with Pilgrimage Prayers in York Minster on Sunday 22 May at 10am, set in the Service of Ordination of 22 ordinands to be ordained Priest in the Diocese of York – all are welcome.

    Throughout his Pilgrimage, the Archbishop has set out to meet people, to pray with them and to encourage them to follow Jesus Christ, and to bless what God is doing. He began his journey with Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary’s Church, Whitby on 1 December 2015 at the beginning of Advent – and has covered an area of 2661 square miles from the Humber to the Tees, and the A1 to the coast – ending on 22 May 2016 (Trinity Sunday).

    Archbishop Sentamu will be at Parliament Street, York on Saturday 21 May from 1pm onwards for a celebration of the Pilgrimage – all are welcome to join in the Pilgrimage in the heart of the City of York. On his way to the city centre – the Archbishop will be walking from St Chad’s Church along Bishopthorpe Road for prayers at the Bar Convent ahead of the celebration event at Parliament Street.

    The Archbishop said: “Praying with those who come to know Christ is a great privilege and a joy. I have prayed with over 20,000 people so far encouraging them in their own journey with God. Encountering Jesus Christ is different for every person. We have said the Lord’s Prayer everywhere – with people we’ve met and places visited along the way, on every walk and journey taken. Jesus said when you pray, say ‘Our Father’ – this prayer says it all”.

    During his final week in the York Deanery, Archbishop Sentamu will also be leading prayers at 15 local churches. He will be calling in at 10 schools including Carr Lane, St Paul’s, Joseph Rowntree, New Earswick, Canon Lee, Clifton Green, St Lawrence, St Oswald’s, Fulford and Heworth. He is opening a Community Hall at St Edward the Confessor, Dringhouses on Tuesday 17 May at 7pm and will be blessing the new doors at St Paul’s Heslington on Friday 20 May following the 12.15pm prayers. He will be visiting the Magistrates Courts, the St Sampson’s Centre and Changing Lives organisation on Thursday 19 May. He will be walking from Tea on the Green, Acomb, at around 12.30pm on Tuesday 17 May to Acomb Centre and then to the Fire Station. On Wednesday 18 May, join the Archbishop to walk with him from Clifton Green School at 4pm to St Luke’s Church, Burton Stone Lane for 4.30pm prayers – all welcome.

    To share in the Archbishop’s Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing during the final week as it journeys to York Minster, please visit: pilgrimage.archbishopofyork.org/

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