The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will be marking his final day in post with two special services this Sunday (7th June).
Firstly, he will take part in a time of music, prayer and reflection across BBC Local Radio on Sunday at 8.00am. Following this, he will preach at the weekly online service for the Church of England at 9.00am.
The 8.00am service will see the Archbishop reflect on the trials he has faced – including living under Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and surviving cancer – and the strength he has found in God. He will be joined by his daughter Grace and his wife Margaret – both of whom are ordained priests in the Church of England – and the service can be heard on all BBC Local Radio stations.
The 9.00am Trinity Sunday service will see Dr Sentamu reflecting on his lifetime of Christian faith. He will be joined by representatives of some of the charities he has founded. The service will be led by Revd Hannah Madin, of St Mary’s and Holy Apostles, Scarborough, and as in previous weeks, the service will be available on the Church of England’s website, Facebook page and on YouTube.
Archbishop Sentamu said: “It has been a great joy and privilege to serve as Archbishop of York these past 15 years. Not only did I get to live in God’s own county, but I have been able to be a voice for the North, championing the cause of those who live here. Now it is time to open a new chapter in my life and I welcome the opportunity during these strange times to share some reflections, readings, songs and prayers with listeners of local radio. I am assured that Jesus Christ will continue to be my constant companion and guide in whatever is to come, and my prayer is that all may come to know him as their personal friend and Saviour. Every blessing!”
Archbishop Sentamu has spent 15 years as Primate of England and Metropolitan in the Church of England and a Privy Councillor. He will retire from his role on Sunday 7th June.