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Luton Vicar leads Archbishop’s celebration

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In a service led by his daughter, Luton Vicar, Grace, The Archbishop of York will take part in a time of music, prayer and reflection across BBC Local Radio on Sunday at 8am. Listeners in St Albans Diocese will be able to hear it on BBC Three Counties Radio.

The Archbishop reflects on the trials he has faced – including living under Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and surviving cancer – and the strength he found in God in one of his final services as Primate of England.

During the special broadcast across BBC Local Radio this Sunday, Archbishop Sentamu is joined by his daughter Grace and his wife Margaret, both of whom are ordained priests in the Church of England.

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 resigns from his Role on 7th June. During his tenure the Archbishop has engaged with many challenging matters. On one memorable occasion he cut up his dog collar live on the Andrew Marr Show in protest of Robert Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe.

Archbishop Sentamu’s daughter, Reverend Grace Sentamu-Baverstock, will lead the service. It will also feature his wife, Reverend Margaret Sentamu.

Opening the service, Revd Sentamu-Baverstock says that it is “a day for looking back with thanksgiving and blessing, but also looking forward with hope”.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s service, BBC England’s head of religion and ethics, Ashley Peatfield, said: “We are pleased to be marking the retirement of a hugely important figure in the Anglican Church.

“Archbishop John Sentamu has been a cornerstone of the church for 15 years and has become a household name to millions.”

The service can be heard on all BBC Local Radio stations from 8am on Sunday. It was produced by BBC Radio York.

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