Celebrations to mark 100 years since the Diocese of Sheffield was established are finishing with a special service with the Archbishop of York lined up to lead the prayers.
The closing service of the Church of England diocese’s centenary festivities is taking place on November 23, when worshippers from across the country are expected to gather at Sheffield Cathedral to listen to the archbishop Dr John Sentamu.
Thousands of people have taken part in this year’s celebrations, which have involved a tour taking in public venues around South Yorkshire.
Events began at the cathedral in June and have also visited Doncaster, Maltby, Barnsley and Rotherham.
Support has been shown by local companies such as Doncaster Brewery, which created a commemorative ale, while Henderson’s Relish produced a limited edition bottle.
Sheffield firm Le Pla Automation engineered a centenary cross from local steel and supermarket Asda donated 600 cupcakes to the cathedral.
The Bishop of Sheffield the Reverend Steven Croft said: “It has been an incredible centenary year and I would like to thank everyone who has got involved and supported the diocese.
“The centenary tour events have included walks, workshops, puppet shows, teaching, barbecues, prayers and, we hope, an opportunity for everyone within the diocese to find out more about the church and for some the chance to start exploring their own faith anew, which is wonderful.”
Dr Sentamu added: “To celebrate the centenary together is a joyous occasion but also one which allows a reflection on what the next 100 years might bring.”
Attendance to the service is by ticket only, and currently it is fully booked.
n Visit www.sheffield-centenary.org.uk for more information.