The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell hopped on board a bus yesterday to bless its use for ministry, in Dewsbury as he outlined plans to celebrate stories of faith in the north, and help renew the missionary purpose of the Church in the North over the coming years.
The Archbishop's launch event for Faith in the North at Dewsbury Minster was on the 10th October, St Paulinus' Day in the Church’s calendar, celebrating the life of the saint who established the Church of Saint Peter in York in the year 627 and who became the first bishop of York. Archbishop Stephen, the 98th Archbishop of York, led prayers in the Chapel at Dewsbury Minster dedicated to St Paulinus, and was joined by many church leaders from across the North.
Archbishop Stephen said: “The purpose of marking the mission of Paulinus is not to look back, but to look forwards, and to learn from some of the features of mission in Anglo Saxon times and the spirituality which shaped it. Exploring our spiritual roots in this way offers a wonderful opportunity to share the Christian faith in churches, schools and in all the communities we serve. Under a banner of ‘Faith in the North’ and working with others in all our dioceses in the Church of England, I am encouraging similar patterns of mission, celebrating our faith stories from the great Northern Saints of the past and from today’s church. In doing this, I hope we can equip the Church for its service and mission today, find ways of reaching out to others, and plant new Christian communities.”