One of Sheffield’s most popular churches was visited this week by the Archbishop of York.
Dr John Sentamu showed his support for youth evangelism as he met young people at their ‘Big Tuesday’ gathering at St Thomas’, Crookes.
It was his last stop on a day in the Sheffield diocese, which spans South Yorkshire and beyond, and which will celebrate its centenary next year.
Accompanied by the Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, and the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, Dr Sentamu began on Tuesday by leading the Eucharist Service at Rotherham Minster before going on to Rotherham Town Hall.
The afternoon saw him meeting business leaders at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Catcliffe, off the Sheffield Parkway, where the University of Sheffield is helping to lead high tech research.
Then it was across Sheffield to Crookes, where St Thomas’s is renowned for its young, vibrant and large congregation.
The Archbishop of York said it was a “fantastic” diocese, which will be celebrating its centenary with lots of events and services for local people.
He wanted to see how Advanced Manufacturing Park is contributing to regeneration of the area, and it was good to finish the visit in Crookes.
“St Thomas’s message is all about meeting friends, meeting God and living life better – something we should all want to do. With God at your side everything is possible!”
The restoration of Sheffield Cathedral, including a revamp of the courtyard, continues with a view to it being ready for the centenary celebrations.