Hun­dreds at­tend Sheffield ser­vice

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THE FOUR-DAY mis­sion in the Dio­cese of Sheffield came to its cli­max on Sun­day when more than 800 peo­ple at­tended the clos­ing ser­vice out­side Rother­ham Min­ster.

Some 21 bish­ops from across the North­ern Province de­scended on the dio­cese for the his­toric mis­sion, and it is planned to be the first of an an­nual se­ries of events.

Among those at­tend­ing the ser­vice on Sun­day were the Deputy Mayor and May­oress of Rother­ham, the High Sher­iff of South York­shire and the Lord Lieu­tenant of South York­shire.

The Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, opened the ser­vice by ad­dress­ing the ex­pec­tant crowd: “We planned some time ago for our fi­nal gath­er­ing to be in the cen­tre of Rother­ham, as we thought and prayed, there was nowhere else we wanted to be more than here at this par­tic­u­lar time, to say to the town the love of the church, of Chris­tian peo­ple and of God is with you.”

The Arch­bishop or York, Dr John Sen­tamu added: “What a few days we have had in this won­der­ful dio­cese.”

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