Archbishop of Canterbury is “absolutely elated” with his visit
The Archbishop of Canterbury has described his three day visit to the Diocese of Peterborough as “amazing”.
The Most Revd Justin Welby was in the Diocese from Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th April, meeting people and visiting church projects throughout Peterborough. His visit took in a walkabout and a chat with shoppers at Queensgate Shopping Centre, as well as a trip to Garden House – a day centre for rough sleepers within the Cathedral grounds – and The Chapel Gym, based at Corby Epiphany Church, which aims to help local people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The Archbishop took part in some boxing there and really got into the swing of things!
In addition, Archbishop Justin visited the Faizan E Madinah Mosque, where he met members of the community there, addressed a breakfast with business leaders from Peterborough and spoke at a supper with faith leaders from the city, held in the Bishop’s Palace. He also took part in a Q & A with clergy and lay ministers within the Diocese, where he said of his visit: “I'm absolutely elated … I've seen signs of the Kingdom here”.
The Archbishop also visited congregations in Dogthorpe and Welland, before finishing his trip at Peterborough Cathedral, where he launched a new augmented reality app – enabling visitors to take an interactive trail through the Cathedral. Finally, he spoke at the Cathedral’s ‘Wednesday at One’ service. You can listen to this talk here.
The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said:
“It’s been an amazing few days visiting churches in Peterborough Diocese – and seeing how Christians here are living out their faith in Jesus Christ. It’s been a beautiful reminder that whether it’s in town centres or rural parishes, church is not about buildings. It’s It’s about meeting with Christ through one another, serving him and loving those who come. That’s how we live out what Jesus told us to do.about meeting with Christ through one another, serving him and loving those who come. That’s how we live out what Jesus told us to do.”
The Rt Revd Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough, said:
“It was inspiring to have Archbishop Justin with us. He visited and saw so many parishes and projects, and always had the right words for each situation. He encouraged and affirmed our mission. We pray for him in the huge breadth and influence of his ministry.”