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Welcome by Lancashire's Bishop, The Rt Revd Julian Henderson,
Bishop of Blackburn

Bishop of Blackburn Julian HendersonWelcome to the web-site of the Diocese of Blackburn, the Church of England in Lancashire.

Our Diocese, originally part of the Manchester Diocese was created in 1926. So for over three quarters of a century prayer and worship has been offered throughout the Diocese, not only on Sundays but every day. Throughout this time we have tried to tell and show the people of Lancashire that God loves them, not just now but for ever.

Our website will show you that we are a busy diocese, including very varied communities across almost 900 square miles of North-West England - an area virtually the same as the county. Our 250 parishes stretch from the Irish Sea to the Yorkshire border, and from Merseyside and Greater Manchester, north to Cumbria.

The Church, of course is the people of God, and every week some 34,000 gather in our churches to worship Him and to be equipped to serve Him in their communities and places of work and recreation. We are also pleased that every week we welcome some who are enquiring about the Christian Faith.

We hope you will be blessed as you join our practical guide to the life and work of the Church of England in Lancashire, and I pray that you may find something here that will help you in your response to the invitation of Jesus Christ to 'come, follow me'. Thank you for your interest.

Our Vision 

Healthy Churches Transforming Communities


More news and information about our shared vision can be found in the Vision section of the website

For a map showing the Diocesan boundary. Click here


growing child


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Diocese of Blackburn

Blackburn Cathedral exists to celebrate the Christian story through worship, prayer and praise in Lancashire


Whalley Abbey has been a focal point for hospitality since the fourteenth century. It began its history as a community of Cistercian monks. The ruins that still stand in the grounds today remind visitors of St. Benedict's rule to receive strangers as if they were Christ himself

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