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Crossroads Mission

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It’s the first time so many bishops have worked together in mission in the North West of England in the long history of the Church of England.

There are 450 events for all ages taking place during the forthcoming Crossroads Mission event and young people will play an important part in the four days, with several key events taking place just for them.

On the first night of Crossroads up to 1000 youngsters from all over East Lancashire will gather at Bowley Scout Camp, between Whalley and Great Harwood on the edge of the Ribble Valley, for an evening of fun, friendship and faith.

And on day two – Friday September 9 – around 4000 primary school children are expected at Ewood Park Stadium, home of Blackburn Rovers, for a large-scale worship event.

At Bowley Scout Camp the Archbishop of York will share his story of faith with the young people, many of whom may not have had much contact previously with the church as invitations have gone out to non-church youth organisations as well as to churches. Also on hand will be former TV Gladiators star ‘Ace’ who will be talking about his faith.

The Bowley event has been put together by a large group of parishes from East Lancashire. Bookings can still be made at

One of organisers is Rev. Chris Krawiec, of St Bartholomew’s Church in Great Harwood. Speaking during a site visit before the event, Chris said: “It’s going to be a fantastic night with music from band twelve24, a bonfire and fireworks and an exciting lantern night parade from the camp back into town.

“Light at the Crossroads is about young people having a chance to encounter a real faith which lights up lives.”

Meanwhile, the Ewood Park Stadium event has been organised by St James’ Parish Church, Lower Darwen. As well as the primary school age children, family and friends of the youngsters are also welcome to join the worship event.

Vicar of St James’ Rev. Tim Horobin, added: “There will be singing, dancing, puppet theatre and much more. Bishop Philip North (Burnley) and Bishop Geoff Pearson (Lancaster) will also be there.

“Like others working hard to make Crossroads Mission a success, as a Deanery we have been planning this gathering at the home of Blackburn Rovers for many months now.

“We have an opportunity to reach the young people with the Good News and are grasping that opportunity with both hands. It may well be the first time they will have had the chance to participate in such a large Christian gathering and we want to make it a memorable occasion for them.”

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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