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Plans are well under way for 'Believe in Birkenhead', a mission weekend which runs from 7th to 10th September 2017.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is joining the weekend and making visits to schools, shipyards and family fun activities. Local churches are organising a wide variety of events as part of this mission weekend which are open to all.
The Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair, the Bishop of Stockport, Libby Lane the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, Revd Roger Simpson, and ex-Gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman will also be sharing their faith with all who they meet in Birkenhead as part of the mission weekend.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I’m delighted to be able to share in this mission to Birkenhead. I want everyone to know that Jesus Christ loves and believes in all of us. He wants us to have an encounter with him that will transform our lives, bringing hope and love which we can then share with others.  I encourage all to come and find out for yourself who Jesus is.”

What’s happening?

Thursday 7th, Archbishop, Bishops and Warren ‘Ace’ Furman for Q & A sessions with students at local primary and secondary schools. A commissioning service for the mission will be at Christ Church, Oxton, CH43 5RW at 7.30pm – all are welcome to attend.
Friday 8th sees the Archbishop visiting Cammell Laird, the largest and most successful ship repair and conversion specialist in the UK, where he will meet with staff. He will also visit  Ridgeway High School, Birkenhead School, St Catherine’s Health Centre and the recently opened Hive Youth ZoneThe Archbishop will be at St Stephen’s Church, CH42 8LA at 7.30pm on Friday evening for ‘Music for a Summers Evening’, where a local primary school choir will sing; Lucas Hank, professional violinist, will perform and Bishop Keith and the Archbishop will talk and answer questions about faith.  All welcome.
Saturday begins at the local branch of the YMCA where the Archbishop will give a talk and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the building. He will share lunch with a Cultural Diversity Group representing those working with the diverse ethnicities living in Birkenhead.  A Family Fun Heritage Event follows at St James Church, Birkenhead CH43 7RJ from 11am-4pm. There will be lots of activities for all the family and the Archbishop will give a talk at approx. 2pm.
Also taking place on Saturday afternoon, all are warmly welcome to St Oswald’s Church Bidston for a Messy Church session; St Paul’s with St Luke Tranmere are hosting a ‘Finding Dory’ film session; St Stephen’s Prenton are hosting a fun day; and Christ Church Oxton are holding a heritage event. Join in the fun, food and friendship.The Archbishop will round off the day on Saturday at Woodchurch High School CH49 7NG for an event ‘Saturday Night Live’ at 7pm where there will be singing from local primary schools, entertainment, refreshments, talks and a Q&A session with Bishop Philip and the Archbishop.
On Sunday, the Archbishop will be preaching at the Baptism Service at St Oswald’s Bidston at 10.30am. Bishop Libby Lane will preach at the 11am Family Service at Christ the King; Bishop Keith will lead at the 10.30am Family Service at St Peter’s Rock Ferry; Bishop Peter Forster will be at the 10am Holy Communion Service at Woodchurch Holy Cross; Bishop Philip will preside at Saint Saviour’s Church Oxton at 9.30am; Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson will preach at St James Church Birkenhead at 10.30am and Neil Baldwin will join the service at St Catherine’s Tranmere at 10.30am.
Everyone is invited to attend the Celebration Service at the St Saviour’s Oxton CH43 2JZ at 4pm which marks the final event of this mission weekend.

For more information about the Mission to Birkenhead – please visit: www.facebook.com/believeinbirkenhead or contact Revd Lyn Weston, Diocese of Chester Missioner at mb. 07786 110806 or at email: lyn.weston@chester.anglican.org  Twitter: @Lyn Missioner

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/believeinbirkenhe