Archbishop Dr John Sentamu Visits Bridlington school
The Archbishop of York brought humour, laughter, inspiration, prayer and blessing to Bridlington School, it’s students and staff as part of his six-month walking pilgrimage between Advent 2015 and Trinity 2016 to each of his deaneries in the North East of England. This is the second time the 66-year old has undertaken a significant walking pilgrimage following his 280-mile trek in 2005. As he walked and talked through the corridors and grounds of Bridlington School he radiated love, joy, happiness, peace and God’s unlimited blessing to the students and staff alike.
Mark Parker-Randall, Bridlington School SENCO and Global School Partnership Lead Teacher said “It was a joy and privilege to have Archbishop Dr. John Sentamu visit and bless us. He was particularly interested to learn about our school charity work supporting Doorstep, Bridlington Food Bank for the Homeless, the Teenage Cancer Trust UK and our International African Partnership with the YMCA Hope School in Kenema, Sierra Leone which we funded the building of as we seek to outwork our school motto ‘They hand on the torch of life’. We are very much a school that is outward looking and one that cares about others less fortunate than ourselves.”
Whilst thinking and talking about ‘others’ Archbishop Sentamu shared with the students that his prayers had led him to his current Christian Pilgrimage. One Year 9 student, Jake Salter, asked “What do you think Christianity has to offer peoples’ lives today, because there are a lot of different religions?” to which the Archbishop gently replied “God’s message through Jesus Christ of forgiveness for our wrongdoing, unlimited love and acceptance and through His power in us, to be the best that we can be during our short time in this world.”