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Bishops join Lancashire CofE churches at New Wine Landmark Conference, Lancaster

All three of Lancashire’s Anglican Bishops joined delegates from churches from across the Diocese of Blackburn and others from Cumbria at the ecumenical New Wine Landmark Conference which took place over the holiday weekend.
The three-day event was organised by 12 churches from Lancashire and the Lakes including, from our Diocese, St Gabriel, Blackburn; St Cuthbert, Fulwood in Preston; St Thomas Lancaster and St John Ellel.
Other churches from our Diocese who sent delegates to the event included the Fellside Churches; St Barnabas, Darwen; St James and St Paul, Accrington; St Peter and St Stephen, Burnley; St Bartholomew, Colne and St James Shireshead.
Chair of the Conference Steering Group was Rev Jon Scamman, Vicar of St Thomas Church in Lancaster. Writing in the Conference programme he said: “The inspiration for this conference has been to bring together churches from across Lancashire and Cumbria … to renew us, equip us and send us out encouraged.
“The New Wine network is about ‘local churches, changing nations’ and we want God to use us … to change our cities, towns and villages across the North West of England.”
Rt Rev Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster, attended on the Saturday and Monday and said today: “It was a wonderful weekend and I am so proud of all our churches who participated in organising the conference. From the excellent speakers and worship to the technical support behind the scenes the whole conference was well put together.
“People of all ages from across Lancashire and the Lakes were able to celebrate and learn together. The Youth ministry was excellent and I know several young people made a conscious decision for Christ over the weekend while others went out into the centre of Lancaster on mission work.”
Rt Rev Julian Henderson visited the Landmark Conference with his wife Heather on Sunday and commented: “I want to commend Rev Jon Scamman and his team for putting on a great event which was attended by around 800 people across the three days. It all ran like clockwork and we really enjoyed participating in the worship; listening to the speakers and browsing the many excellent stalls.”
Attending on the Saturday, Rt Rev Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, added: “New Wine was a fantastic ecumenical event that gave people from churches in Lancashire and Cumbria time away for celebration, prayer and fellowship together.”
Ronnie Semley

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