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Crossroads Mission: Good News Stories

On this page you will find faith stories and personal stories from the Crossroads Mission. The page will grow over time to build up a picture of the impact of Crossroads in our Diocese.

Have you got stories like these from your parish or school in the wake of Crossroads Mission? If so email the details to

‘It has really made me think’

Mum Jane Ryan of Accrington attended a special Messy Church which had been organised for the Crossroads Mission weekend by St Mary Magdalen’s in Accrington, with her sons Jake (3) and Finn (6).

Jake had been taken seriously ill following a swimming pool accident while in holiday in Italy over the summer months. He was in a medically-induced coma and had been near to death.

Jane said: “People in the hospital and my Christian friends at home were praying for my family and for Jake that he would pull through.

“After an anxious few days he began to recover and has now returned to full health.”

“I am an atheist but it has really made me think about the power of prayer so when an invitation came from my friend to attend this special Messy Church I decided to come along.

“My experience has made me more open to hear the Christian message and the church should definitely have more opportunities like this to find out more about Christianity in an informal setting.”

‘The spirit of God moved’

Former Gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman, who joined the Archbishop’s mission team and shared his faith testimony with many young people over the Crossroads Mission weekend, had his own amazing story to tell.

The 6ft hunk was speaking to people in the crowd at the closing celebration event in Preston and prayed for a woman who then gave her life to Christ. Warren takes up the story …

He said: “She then told me she was in town to visit her boyfriend who, it turned out, was at a local prison I had been visiting that very morning. She couldn’t afford to stay at the hotel she was based at for very long.

“We approached a local vicar in the crowd at random who happened to be the vicar for the parish where her hotel was located! He offered to help find her accommodation and also knew the pastor at the prison personally.

“I was amazed at the way in which the spirit of God moved in this woman’s life as soon as she gave her life to Christ, immediately ensuring she was in a better place when she left the Crossroads celebration at Preston Flag Market than she was when she arrived.”

‘I had no idea what to expect’

Many of the parents and families at the massive Crossroads event at Ewood Park stadium for primary children were not regular churchgoers but readily joined in with the singing amidst the infectious atmosphere in the stadium.

They included Mary Bottomley and Ruth Edmondson from Blackburn whose children attend St Oswald Knuzden.

Mary said: “I had no idea what to expect today but it’s made me think I might go back to church.”

Ruth added: “I think today has shown me what the church could be for me. It’s lovely to see all the schools gathered together and to see them so happy.”

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