THE Archbishop of York’s blessing and prayer for the thousands of runners in the Great North Run in Newcastle, on Sunday, was one of almost 300 events that took place across the diocese as part of the Pathways mission.
The weekend was launched by 26 bishops on Lindisfarne, at a service in the ruins of Lindisfarne priory. Other events included the blessing of a refurbished boat at the Tall Ships workshop in Blyth; a Beer, Balls, and Bishops night in Cramlington, that focused on men’s sexual health; an event at the Sill on Hadrian’s Wall focusing on St Cuthbert and his heritage; Bishops for Breakfast in Etal village hall; and a service commemorating the Battle of Flodden.
Dr Sentamu also conducted open-air immersion baptisms outside St Luke’s, Newcastle, before the start of the Great North Run. The church opens its hall and lavatories for the runners’ use; refreshments are available, and volunteers distribute thousands of bottles of water to runners each year.
The Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman, said: “The Pathways mission is a significant opportunity for us to grow Church and bring hope as we invite people to explore for themselves the transformative relationship of love and hope that is found in Jesus Christ.”
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