Crossroads fun in the Colne sunshine

The team at St Bartholomew's Church in Colne ready themselves to cook (s)
The team at St Bartholomew's Church in Colne ready themselves to cook (s)

The churchyard at St Bartholomew’s in Colne was full of townsfolk and visitors enjoying the sunshine and hospitality during a Crossroads church event.

Twenty-five Bishops and their teams arrived in Lancashire in September for a special weekend shared by churches across the county.

The barbecue is fired up and food is flying out during the Crossroads event (s)

The barbecue is fired up and food is flying out during the Crossroads event (s)

Events included a youth event and firework display at Bowley, Breakfast with the Bishop at St Bartholomew’s, a barbecue, afternoon tea at Holy Trinity and a service of celebration in Colne and another in Blackburn Cathedral with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

The Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt Rev Peter Burrows, and his team arrived in Colne and joined a “Business Breakfast with a Bishop” on the Friday morning.

His topic “Would you sell your Granny for a profit” focused on the church and local businesses and how they had worked together in Leeds and Sheffield Dioceses, and the impact it had on the local business community.

On Saturday the sun shone for a town centre barbecue where the churches planned entertainment and crafts for the children and served free hot dogs and burgers for everyone who had turned out for the Steven Burke parade.

Fun was had by all the youth event and firework display at Bowley Scout Camp (s)

Fun was had by all the youth event and firework display at Bowley Scout Camp (s)

Church warden Nan Blenkinsopp said: “We cooked over 200 burgers and hot dogs and had to quickly buy extra supplies as everyone enjoyed the sunshine in the churchyard.

“There were hundreds of visitors in town and it was really good to be able to welcome them into the church and offer hospitality.”

The weekend ended with a joint service in St Bartholomew’s.

The Crossroads Mission is part of a whole series of events in Blackburn Diocese which aims to encourage churches to interact in a more meaningful way with the communities in which they are situated.

There were crafts on offer for the kids during the Crossroads event (s)

There were crafts on offer for the kids during the Crossroads event (s)

George Wilkinson-Wigham enjoys a hot dog (s)

George Wilkinson-Wigham enjoys a hot dog (s)

Nan Blenkinsopp with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu (s)

Nan Blenkinsopp with the Archbishop of York John Sentamu (s)