30 bishops to join the Archbishop of York in ‘Come and See’ Mission to the Diocese of York

30 bishops to join the Archbishop of York in ‘Come and See’ Mission to the Diocese of York

30 bishops to join the Archbishop of York in
‘Come and See’ Mission to the Diocese of York

Thirty bishops of the Church of England from across the North will flock to the Diocese of York between the 12th and 15th March 2020, to take part in a weekend of prayer, witness and welcome, at which the good news of God’s love and life in Jesus Christ will be shared.

‘Come and See’ is the eighth Northern Bishops’ Mission in the Church of England’s Province of York in the last five years.

Many visiting bishops will bring colleagues from their home dioceses to offer encouragement, ideas and energy to the 580 churches of the Diocese of York, spread between the Humber and Tees and from the A1 to the Yorkshire coast.

The four-day Mission will include a host of events in many parishes, offering hospitality and welcome in local communities alongside the opportunity to find out more about the Christian faith and the love of Jesus Christ.

Planned events include concerts, breakfasts with various speakers, ‘Spa’ events, ‘Forest Church’, a scarecrow trail, wine and cheese evenings, ‘Hymns, Beer and Pimms’, many school visits, ‘Cream Tea and Faith Stories’, Family Fun & Sporting Challenges, Children’s Games Evenings, ‘Messy Church’, ‘Songs of Praise’, All-Age worship and much more: many events are listed at https://comeandsee.uk/events.

The Mission begins formally with a service in York Minster at 1.30pm on Thursday 12th March to which everyone is welcome to attend.  During the service those involved in the mission will be commissioned by Archbishop Sentamu and prayers will be said for the weekend.

The Archbishop has encouraged parishes to step out “with courage, with confidence, with excitement, but above all, full of expectation that God is going to visit us in the power of the Spirit!”

Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham Paul Williams is one of those who will be visiting. Speaking of the equivalent Mission in his own Diocese last year, Bishop Paul said, “We are in awe of what God has done through the encouragement that it gave to churches in their local mission, but above all in the stories of people who, as a result of the connections they made on that mission, have made the journey into faith.

“Don’t miss out on Come and See! Some events are about making connections with people outside the life of the church; other events give people the opportunity to hear the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ.”

Bishop of Whitby Paul Ferguson spoke of visiting a secondary school during a previous mission: “The students’ questions were so serious – things that really mattered to them – beginning of life questions – or what can we say about the environment? They were really engaged, really taking it seriously, and I hope that through ‘Come and See’ everyone will have the opportunity to engage in the same kind of way.”


  • There will be an opportunity to talk to the Archbishop of York about the mission weekend after the Commissioning Service in York Minster at 3.00pm on Thursday 12th March. Other visiting bishops may be available as well.
  • For a representative list of events taking place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th March see https://comeandsee.uk/events.
  • A ‘Mission’ is an organised effort to spread the Christian faith, traditionally involving many of those taking part in travelling to the chosen location – seen here in the teams led by visiting bishops.
  • Bishops visiting the Diocese of York for the ‘Come and See’ Mission (shown with the Deanery – or local group of parishes – they will visit) include the following:

Rt Revd Paul Bayes  
Bishop of Liverpool                                         

Rt Revd Paul Butler  
Bishop of Durham                                          

Rt Revd Sarah Clark  
Bishop of Jarrow   

Rt Revd Mark Davies 
Bishop of Middleton                                     

Rt Revd Jill Duff         
Bishop of Lancaster     

Rt Revd Peter Eagles                     
Bishop of Sodor & Man           

Rt Revd Emma Ineson                  
Bishop of Penrith                               

Rt Revd Christine Hardman        
Bishop of Newcastle                                    

Rt Revd Julian Henderson          
Bishop of Blackburn                                       

Rt Revd Bev Mason                        
Bishop of Warrington                 

Rt Revd James Newcombe         
Bishop of Carlisle            

Rt Revd Philip North                      
Bishop of Burnley                               

Rt Revd Tony Porter                      
Bishop of Sherwood       

Rt Revd Tony Robinson                
Bishop of Wakefield              

Rt Revd Mark Tanner                    
Bishop of Berwick                       

Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox                
Bishop of Sheffield                     

Rt Revd David Williams               
Bishop of Basingstoke                 

Rt Revd Paul Williams                  
Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham         

  • Together with Archbishop Sentamu, the four Suffragan Bishops of the Diocese of York will be active across the Diocese:

Rt Revd Paul Ferguson                 
Bishop of Whitby

Rt Revd Dr John Thomson           
Bishop of Selby

Rt Revd Glyn Webster                  
Bishop of Beverley

Rt Revd Alison White                    
Bishop of Hull    

  • At least ten retired bishops are also expected to be taking part in the ‘Come and See’ Mission.