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More than two hundred men from parishes throughout Lancashire gathered at Blackburn Cathedral recently for 'Man Alive'; an evening hosted by the Dean of Blackburn, the Very Rev Peter Howell Jones.

The aim of the get-together was to to inspire, celebrate and encourage men in their walk of faith, and in exploring the Christian faith.

There were interviews with speakers Anthony Parkinson and former Paratrooper Gary ‘Goose’ Cryer; a talk given by Bishop Tony Porter, on the theme of The Father’s Heart; worship and refreshments and a chance to meet others and just socialise.

Afterwards the Dean commented:  “After more than a year of listening and planning it was clear from the conversations as men left that evening that this event was well received and a great encouragement to those who came. Almost every conversation ended with 'when’s it happening again?'"

“Ministry with men is a vital aspect of our evangelism and discipleship work across the Diocese of Blackburn and something we are keen to support and encourage. Man Alive has certainly helped to achieve this.”

During the evening there was also discussion about the importance of men’s ministry in the local church; how to start a men’s group as well as the offer of support to local churches who would like to explore developing their men’s ministry.

  • If a church currently runs a men’s breakfast or is interested in starting one get in touch with the Dean who can have an initial conversation but is also available to speak at parish event or assist with the early stages of organisation. Call 01254 277430 or email