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Full itinerary for the Archbishop's two-day visit

Tuesday 4 November


St Michael’s CE High School, 9.30am to noon. The Archbishop will offer prayer over the site of the new learning centre, chapel and ICT suite.  He will then participate in ‘Follow Me’, a vocations conference for Y11 (15-16 year old) students from Church Schools across the diocese.


12.30pm to 2pm. The Archbishop will visit the Chaplaincy and Multi-faith Centre at the University of Central Lancashire.  The Centre celebrates its 25th birthday the same week.  He will meet students from a variety of faiths and members of the university directorate.


2.45pm to 4pm (approx) The Archbishop will visit Blackburn Cathedral

Early Evening

6pm. The Archbishop will meet economic leaders from around Lancashire in Blackpool Town Hall.


Doors open 6pm, entertainment from 6.30pm and main event from 7.30pm to 9pm. Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom. See here for more information.

Wednesday 5 November


The Archbishop will begin his day with a Eucharist for Diocese and Cathedral staff in Blackburn Cathedral. All are welcome.

10am to 10.40am: The Archbishop will then head to St John’s Church Accrington for a massive act of worship with 500 children from the Church Primary Schools in Accrington Deanery.  They will celebrate All Saints and think about putting on the armour of God. 

11am to noon: The Archbishop will then take part in an inter-faith dialogue between Christian and Muslim women, which will take place in Blackburn College.

Lunchtime onwards

12.30pm: The Archbishop will visit Preston Minster to meet with the clergy of the Diocese. He will share in a Lancashire hotpot dinner before giving an address to the clergy and taking their questions. The event will conclude with some prayer and worship.​


4pm (approx): The Archbishop’s final call will be at St John’s, Hurst Green – one of the churches that joined the Diocese at Easter. Here he will learn about the way in which the church is responding to the environmental issues of our time.  He might even try the new eco loo!  After sharing in Evening Prayer we will wave him on his way back to Yorkshire.



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