Durham: Talking Jesus mission brings 25 bishops to town

Twenty five Bishops and their teams from the northern half of The Church of England will be heading to the Diocese of Durham for a weekend of mission called Talking Jesus from 2-5 March. 

The four days of mission and celebration start at Durham Cathedral on Thursday 2 March at 1.30pm in a service led by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, after which the teams will go out into communities in all corners of the Diocese – from the Tyne to the Tees and the Dales to the Sea.

The Bishops and their teams will be talking about Jesus at more than 450 community events across the 16 deaneries in the Diocese of Durham.

Events include: Abseiling at Gainsford; On the Ball Sports at Durham Cricket Ground; Come and Sing at Holy Trinity Darlington; Ashes to Go at Norton; Street Pastors in pubs in the Low Fells as well as many opportunities for people to ask questions and find out more of the Christian faith. The mission concludes at Durham Cathedral on Sunday 5 March at 3pm for a final service of celebration – all are warmly welcome to attend.

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, said: “In this Diocese, we’re all about blessing our communities in Jesus’ name for the transformation of us all. What greater blessing can we offer than an introduction to Jesus? What could be more transformative than coming to know him?

"Just imagine: one long weekend; 25 Bishops; hundreds of events; thousands hearing  about Jesus and having their lives transformed.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “We’re in the Durham Diocese for a weekend of ‘Talking Jesus’. Jesus  came to bring the very life of God as a gift to all of us. His resurrection makes it possible for us to live the life he lived. The heart of the Christian faith is about having an encounter with Jesus – an encounter which transforms and brings hope and love”.

Talking Jesus Durham is the third mission undertaken by the Northern Bishops. Previous missions have been at Blackburn (2016) and Sheffield (2015).

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