Team from Wakefield join Archbishop of York's Crossroads mission

The Bishop of Wakefield, Bishop Tony Robinson and a small team from his Episcopal area joined fellow Northern Bishops, and the clergy and laity over the Pennines in the Diocese of Blackburn over the weekend for the Archbishop of York’s Crossroads mission.

Blackburn Diocese welcomed the Archbishop of York, The Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu and 25 Bishops from across the north of England for Crossroads Mission - a key part of the ongoing work for the Archbishop’s Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities. 

Bishop Tony, curate, Phil Maries and Reader, Belinda Maries from Normanton and ordinand in training Erricson Mapfumo joined the Poulton deanery to help support clergy and laity in their mission there.

Bishop Tony said: “I am excited to be part of this mission led by the Archbishop of York. The Deanery of Poulton had a great and varied programme of events for our little team.

“From a Ceilidh to Grill the Bishop and a fantastic mission on the beach too -  it was an opportunity for all of us to talk and to listen to people and share the Good News and be a visible presence of God in the community. ” he added.

Pictured here at the Café In the Churchyard event at St Chads on Saturday with prayer trees, listening posts, crafts, games free refreshments and a fantastic puppet show.


Crossroads Mission is an annual event that takes place in one northern Diocese each year. The first was in Sheffield Diocese last September and the next one will be in Durham Diocese in March 2017.

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