York Deanery

The Deanery of York is home to over 153,000 people. The Diocese’ mother church, York Minster, is situated in this popular city, founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading centre, and in the 19th century, York became a hub of the railway network and a confectionery manufacturing centre. In recent decades, the city’s main economies are in the service industry, tourism, science and technology. Find out more about the churches in York Deanery here.

Radio Interviews about the Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing

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This week's journey...
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Partying had already begun when the Archbishop arrived to mark the dedication of refurbished community and scout halls at St Edward the Confessor Church. We had half an hour of prayers which created a real sense of calm.  The Archbishop then blessed the people and places with words, water and singing before the partying continued. A wonderful barbecue and some amazing cakes were provided by the Scouts!

This was a real coming together of church and community marking the culmination of eight years of planning and delivery.

Revd Martin Baldock

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On Wednesday 18 May students from Joseph Rowntree School were honoured to meet the Archbishop of York.  It was fascinating to hear him talk about his faith and how it inspires his daily life.  As an A level RE student, it was wonderful to hear about his pilgrimage and his experience on Holy Island, which has inspired his walk. 

I was struck by how genuinely interested he was by questions and the students who were asking them.  He valued every student’s contribution, which made us all feel relaxed and able to ask further questions. 

The Archbishop’s message, whether you are religious or not, was all about having faith in yourself and your own ability.  He said ‘exams are not testing your ignorance, they are testing your knowledge and you know it, so let it out’.  Before he left, he blessed the Y13 students about to sit their A level exams.

Katy Hoste

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The Archbishop visited Changing Lives today and shared his thoughts on acceptance and forgiveness with the current group. These are common themes discussed in groups during early recovery from addiction. Their words and the experience were a wonderful affirmation for all in the room and we would like to thank them all for taking the time to visit us at Oaktrees. 

Some comments from those present: “A wonderfully kind and understanding man who gave us great insight”. “Really enjoyed and appreciated the Archbishop coming to see us. A lovely empathic and humble man. He took the time to listen and understand and I felt spiritually enriched by the feedback and visit”. “Invigorated to see such energy and the joy that he has for life. It is so infectious”.  “I found him down to earth and he seemed interested about what we do at Oaktrees”.

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All day we had waited in anticipation of the Archbishop’s visit and then suddenly he was here!  He met nearly all of our children spending a long time answering lots of eager pupils’ questions.  These included:

What is your favourite bible story? Are you enjoying your pilgrimage?  Do your feet hurt? Who is the most famous person you have met? Why did you do a parachute jump?

Later on in his visit, he signed a special prayer that he had written for Heworth that had been printed onto a wall. Not long after this, he listened to some of our children sing songs from our upcoming production of Samson (I think he really enjoyed the actions!). 

Finally, he met parents and carers who had arrived to pick up their children at the end of the day.  He spent time talking and blessing them.

Michael Carr, Headteacher

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Parliament Street, York was the location for the 'End of Pilgrimage Rally' on Saturday 21st May. Supported by a band and a series of other speakers sharing testimonies, the Archbishop spoke powerfully and then encouraged people to come and receive prayer.

The weather forecast was poor, and as Sentamu arrived it began to rain. He immediately suggested that we pray for it to stop – which it did. The event lasted about 2 hours, and just after the final blessing – the heavens opened!

Among the crowd were visitors to York – several expressed their joy at coming across such a positive event in the City centre.

Revd Dave Casswell

17th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at Holy Redeemer Church Acomb - all welcome. Walk to Carr Infant and Junior School for 10.15am visit. Leave around 11.30pm to walk to 'Tea on the Green' - all welcome. Leave around 12.30pm to walk to Front Street, Acomb. Around 1.00pm walk along Carr Lane towards Boroughbridge Road - all welcome. Visit Acomb Fire Station. 3.00pm visit St Paul's CofE Primary School. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Paul's Church, Holgate - all welcome. 7.00pm Opening of Community Hall with BBQ at St Edward the Confessor Church, Dringhouses - all welcome.


18th May 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Church, Haxby - all welcome. Leave around 9.30am to walk to Joseph Rowntree School - all welcome. Leave around 11.00am to walk to New Earswick Primary School - all welcome. 12.15pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Thomas's Church, Lowther Street - all welcome. 1.30pm Visit Canon Lee School. Leave around 2.30pm to walk to Clifton Green School - all welcome. Leave around 4.00pm to walk to St Luke's Church, Burton Stone Lane for 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome.


19th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Denys Church, Walmgate - all welcome. Leave around 9.45am to walk to St Lawrence Primary School - all welcome. Leave around 11.30am to walk to the Spurriergate Centre for 12.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers followed by lunch - all welcome. 1.15pm Visit York Magistrates Court. Leave around 2.15pm Walk from the Magistrates Court, via Coppergate and Piccadilly to Changing Lives. Leave Changing Lives to call in at 3.15pm at St Sampson’s Centre. To walk to Belfrey Hall, Stonegate at around 3.45pm. 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Michael le Belfrey - all welcome.


20th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Oswald's Church, Fulford - all welcome. Leave around 9.45am to walk to St Oswald's CE Primary School - all welcome. Leave around 10.30am to walk to Fulford School - all welcome. Leave around 11.30am to walk to St Paul's Church, Heslington for 12.15pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome. 1.45pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Hilda's Church, Tang Hall Lane - all welcome. Leave around 2.25pm to walk to Heworth Primary School - all welcome. Leave around 3.30pm to walk to Christ Church, Heworth for 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome.


21st May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Chad's Church, York - all welcome. Leave around 9.45am to walk along Bishopthorpe Road, then along Nunnery Lane for 11.30am Pilgrimage Prayers in the Bar Convent Chapel - all welcome. Leave around 12.45pm to walk into the city for a Celebration Event on Parliament Street from 1.00-3.00pm - all welcome.


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