The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will be joining the crowds to cheer on the start of the Tour de Yorkshire on Friday 28 April at the Bridlington Spa as part of a packed weekend of mission events.

There is something for everyone in Bridlington - it is a place that I have always enjoyed visiting. I have been so blessed to meet so many people as part of the mission weekends across the Diocese of York – and this weekend in and around Bridlington looks set to be full of fun. The riders of the Tour de Yorkshire demonstrate such drive and commitment to their task – and I will be bringing that same energy and enthusiasm to tell others of the love of Jesus Christ. Join me on the road!

On Friday, the mission starts at Headlands Secondary School for Q & As with students. The Archbishop will then head to the Spa for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire stage 1 ride – look out for him at the start line! At 2pm, the Archbishop will be visiting Kilham Primary School to lead an afternoon assembly and then will be meeting parents and pupils for tea. Bridlington Rugby Club host the Archbishop on Friday night where there will be songs and supper – all welcome, telephone 01262 672221 to reserve your free ticket.

Also, on Friday morning, Archdeacon Andy Broom will be visiting Wold Newton School for questions from the children and then joining others at the church for prayer and refreshments. From 2pm, Andy Broom will meet members of the Ulrome Craft Group to chat and answer questions of faith with them.

Saturday the Archbishop begins with a pub breakfast at the Black Bull in Barmston – come along from 9.30 to 10.30am. The Archbishop will then visit the Kilham Quilters Exhibition around lunchtime. Praise, worship & prayers for healing will take place at the Ebor Gardens from 1.00 to 2.30 – all welcome. The Revd Steve Dye, one of the ministers at Christ Church, said,

“This will be the beginning of a season of outdoor summer events at Ebor Gardens and we are thrilled that the Archbishop is joining us.”

Quiz night with a pie and pea supper will be held at The Bull and Sun in the Old Town. Book ahead by contacting 01262 673019 - £24 for a table of four.

Also happening on Saturday is a ‘fun for all the family’ event at Emmanuel Church Bridlington from 3pm. There will be games and crafts then tea at 5pm. All are welcome to come along and join in.

On Sunday from 9.30 to 10.30am, the Archbishop will visit the brand new East Riding Leisure Complex with swim, climb or cycling facilities all under one roof. Following this, he will be preaching at Emmanuel Church at 11am – all welcome. Join the Archbishop for a picnic from 12.45pm on the clifftop near Limekiln Lane car park –there will be a live music, children’s games, treasure hunts and opportunities to find out more about Jesus Christ.

All are encouraged to come along! The Revd Barbara Hodgson, a member of the planning team for the mission, said,

“We are really excited about our Picnic Party. This is the first time that we have tried this kind of event but we hope it will be the first of many.”

From around 2.30 – the Archbishop will visit the Grade 1 Listed Sewerby Hall to meet with the staff and to talk to those visiting that afternoon.