Archbishop to lead Pentecost celebrations at Whitby

OVER 1500 churchgoers are expected to join a procession leading up the 199 steps and to Whitby Abbey tomorrow to mark Pentecost.

Among them will be the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, who are celebrating the birthday of the Christian Church.

As the procession heads towards the Abbey the congregation will be entertained with music and art and craft workshops and the communion service will include music and drama from youngsters from across the North East,

In the afternoon, members of the public are invited to a question and answer session with the Archbishop in St Mary’s Church, Whitby at 3pm.

The Archbishop’s trip to Whitby begins at 10.45 when he arrives at Whitby RNLI Lifeboat Station onboard the George and Mary Webb, where he will give a short address.

The Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner said, “Whitby Abbey is hugely important to the history of Christianity in Britain, so it’s really appropriate that we’re celebrating Whitsun here. Like any birthday, Pentecost is a joyous occasion, and I hope our service at the Abbey will have a real party atmosphere.”