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The County’s Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn recently hosted a Festival of Baptism attended by people from across Lancashire.

Parishes from Fleetwood to Clitheroe; Morecambe to Haslingden and many other places in between were represented.

The Festival was a chance to explore God’s call on people’s lives and was a time to reflect on how to use the gift of baptism to grow healthy churches.

Attended by the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn and the Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North; the Festival’s keynote address was delivered by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford; and there were also a series of 10 workshops, exploring baptism, confirmation and much more.

You can view an album of pictures from the event here on Flickr.

People came from places far and wide across the County including Blackburn itself and also Chorley, Clayton-le-Moors, Bilsborrow, Poulton-le-Fylde, Read and Simonstone, Morecambe, Preston, Samlesbury, Hoddlesden, Wrea Green, Wesham, Haslingden, Fleetwood, Chatburn, Clitheroe and many more places.

Speaking after the Festival, Bishop Philip said: “The highlight of the day was without doubt the brilliant talk by Bishop Stephen Cottrell which brought us to heart of what it means to find our identity as Christians from baptism.

 “The day as a whole offered tremendous renewal and refreshment to all who were present … like bathing deep in beautiful fresh waters.”