Durham: Talking Jesus mission brings 25 bishops to town

Twenty five Bishops and their teams from the northern half of The Church of England have been commissioned by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu to ‘Go out and spread the work’ in communities across the Diocese of Durham during a service held in Durham Cathedral yesterday (2 March).

The service which marked the start of four days of mission and celebration called ‘Talking Jesus’ will see the Bishops and their team go out into communities in all corners of the Diocese – from the Tyne to the Tees and the Dales to the Sea, talking about Jesus at more than 450 community events across the 16 deaneries in the Diocese of Durham.

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham welcomed the visiting Bishops and their teams to the Diocese in sermon / address at the commissioning service. He said: “We have unashamedly entitled the four days, 'Talking Jesus'. We want to make Jesus the topic of conversation and thought. We want to get people thinking  about Jesus. We have opportunities galore to meet people face to face. Our focus throughout is to share Jesus.”

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.”

Bishop Paul added: ”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.”


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