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Lancaster bishops look back on high flying action

Two of Lancashire’s Bishops tackled challenges in different parts of the Diocese at the weekend ...

Two of Lancashire’s Bishops tackled challenges in different parts of the Diocese at the weekend.

The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North abseiled down the side of a 90ft church tower near Chorley, while later on the same day the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, took to a zipwire at the Diocesan annual youth camp near Longridge!

The abseil event was being held by St John’s Church in the village of Whittle-le-Woods to raise refurbishment funds.

Bishop Philip said: "I like a challenge and this certainly qualified! It was absolutely terrifying!. The experience was so scary – I couldn’t believe how scary it was. I know now why God made us to walk on the ground!

“But the event was for a very good cause and I was in good hands. I hope people donate to the appeal at www.stjohnsonline.org.uk.”

Meanwhile, Bishop Geoff joined youngsters from across Lancashire for a weekend ‘Alive’ youth event at Hothersall Lodge near Longridge and was keen to take part in the many activities, including the zipwiring and also canoeing and team challenges.

He said: “I had a great time over the weekend and the activities were great fun, for all ages including myself! This annual event is important as it is a great opportunity for youngsters to have fellowship together and to sustain them in their ongoing discipleship at the same time.”

PHOTOS (all by Clive Lawrence):
Bishop Philip launches himself over the side of the church tower
Bishop Geoff takes off on the zipwire while some of the youth camp youngsters look on

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