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  • April: Massive Vision 2026 @ the Guild Hall gathering is a huge success. Click here.
    • During the evening those attending heard a specially recorded video message from The Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. Dr John Sentamu also available here on our YouTube channel.
      • For coverage of the event on BBC Radio Lancashire click here and listen (until June 12) at 01h 42m 10s; 02h 11m 05s and 02h 53m 50s
      • For the Lancashire TV report on the event click here.
      • For all pictures of the evening on the Diocesan Flickr feed click here.
      • For the Lancashire Evening Post report click here
  • April: Archbishop of York to deliver video message at Guild Hall Vision 2026 event. Click here.
  • April: Lancashire parishes to join together for Vision 2026 celebration event. Click here.
  • April: Thy Kingdom Come prayer for Crossroads Mission. Click here.
  • April: Go Christian Resources event is great success. Click here.
  • March: Visit by Bishop Ric Thorpe (the CofE's 'church planting Bishop') for seminar in Lancaster. 
Pre-visit story

Post-visit story

Bishop Ric interview in Lancaster on YouTube here

Pictures of the day are on Flickr here

Coverage on BBC Radio Lancashire's Sunday morning faith programme (available until April 24) Listen at 01.08.55 (Bishop Ric); 01.53.25 (Bishop Geoff) and 02.52.05(Bishop Ric, David Banbury and Sue Penfold)

  • March: 'Vision on as Dave starts new role' - column by Dave Champness, Vision Coordinator. CLICK HERE (Page 4)
  • March: 'If we do nothing, nothing will happen' - article on Deanery Crossroads events. CLICK HERE (Page 1)
  • February 14: Collation and installation of Archdeacon Mark Ireland. CLICK HERE
  • February: Crossroads Mission preparation guide for parishes/deaneries. CLICK HERE
  • February: Find out more about 'Crossroads' mission coming in September 2016. CLICK HERE
  • February: 'Working together for Vision 2026' - column by Dave Champness - Vision Coordinator. CLICK HERE (Page 2)
  • February: The See magazine - 'Exciting times for Vision 2026' including Deanery 'Crossroads' events CLICK HERE (Page 1)
  • January: 'A brand for all seasons'. Communications Manager Ronnie Semley on the Vision brand. CLICK HERE (Page 4)
  • January: Dave Champness appointed Vision Coordinator for Vision 2026. CLICK HERE (Page 1)

  • December 11: 'First of the 50 for Vision 2026'. New congregation meets for the first time. CLICK HERE
  • December: 'A successful Call to Prayer'. Vision 2026 update in the 'The See'. CLICK HERE
  • November 24: New Diocesan Offices open for business. CLICK HERE
  • November 9/10: Respected retired Bishop completes two day Lancashire visit. CLICK HERE
  • November: 'Vision for our future'. Latest coverage in The See Diocesan magazine. CLICK HERE
  • November 6: New Archdeacon will have special responsibility for Vision 2026. CLICK HERE
  • October 23: Bishop Julian calls for courage to take Diocesan Vision forward. CLICK HERE
  • October 16: Huge response to Calls to Prayer for Vision 2026. CLICK HERE
  • October 8: Great turnouts at first prayer evenings for Vision 2026. CLICK HERE
  • September 30: Our Vision gets off to prayerful start across Diocese. CLICK HERE
  • September 18: Diocese prepares for six Vision 2026 prayer evenings. CLICK HERE
  • September: Bishop Julian on October prayer evenings. Front page of The See here.
  • September 14: In 2016 the Diocese will play host to the Archbishop of York's Crossroads Mission event involving all the Bishops from the Northern province. We will use the 2016 event as a platform to engage the region with our Vision. Read about our Bishops' involvement in this year's Crossroads event here.
  • September: Call for Vision champions; update on Guild Hall event in 2016; resources for parishes and more Vision 2016 news in the latest edition of The See here on our website.
  • September: 'The Cry of the Family' - column in The See by Archdeacon John
  • August: 'Servants of God with eyes on the prize' - 2015 ordinands on the Diocesan vision - read article here
  • August: 'Clergy hear plans for growth in Diocese' - read the story in this month's edition of The See.
  • July: 'A symbolic turnaround' - article by Bishop Geoff in The See
  • June 28: Bishop Julian talks to BBC Radio Lancashire about our Vision plans. CLICK HERE
  • June: Pray and seek God's heart for OUR vision - article by Bishop Julian in The See
  • June: A Clergy Study Day took place to discuss the Vision in more detail. Around 140 clergy from across the Diocese attended and heard three enthusiastic talks from Bishop Julian, Bishop Philip and Bishop Geoff. There were also opportunities to break out and chat at tables about the way forward. Pictures from the event can be viewed on the Diocesan Flickr feed here.
  • June 25: A decade of growth with 'Vision 2026': Healthy Churches Transforming Communities'CLICK HERE
  • May: 'Vision moves forward' - Bishop Julian's address to Synod about Vision 2026 in The See
  • April: 'Positive support for our Vision': Report on special session of Diocesan Synod in The See
  • February: 'You are the hope of the World' says Bishop Philip. CLICK HERE
  • November 2014: Bishop Julian welcomes Archbishop's call to evangelise. CLICK HERE
  • October 2014: Working towards a new Vision' CLICK HERE

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