The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will be visiting the Diocese of Worcester from 7 – 9 October this year. Over the three days, the Archbishop will be meeting church members, school children and members of the public across Worcestershire and Dudley, to support and encourage them and share some of his own faith journey.

On Sunday 9 October, Archbishop Justin will visit intu Merry Hill shopping centre from 2.30pm. He will arrive at the entrance next to Argos and along with local church members from a range of Christian churches, he will walk through the centre, stopping to talk with those he meets.

The Archbishop will move through the mall to the atrium outside Marks and Spencer, where there will be a band set up and playing. Archbishop Justin will lead a short ‘songs of praise’ style service and will give a short talk. The event will conclude with everyone joining in the well-known hymn, Amazing Grace.

The Bishop of Dudley, The Rt Revd Graham Usher, said, “I am delighted that the Archbishop of Canterbury will be visiting intu Merry Hill shopping centre during his time in Dudley and Worcestershire. intu Merry Hill is a major gathering place and contributes significantly to the local economy. Archbishop Justin will be asking shoppers and staff if he can pray with them and he will be sharing how the Christian faith inspires him daily.”

Dan Murphy, General Manager from intu Merry Hill, said: “We are looking forward to the arrival of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are delighted that he has chosen to visit here, the largest shopping centre in the region.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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