PARISIONERS at St George’s and St John’s, Mossley, had a special visitor for Holy Week.
The Bishop of Middleton, The Right Reverend Mark Davies, spent the whole of the week in the parishes.
It was a varied week in which he officiated at the traditional Easter services, visited the sick and housebound as well as paying a visit to homeless charity Emmaus.
The Bishop said: “I like to share the most important week of the church year within one of our parishes.
“I was delighted to be in Mossley with Father David (Warner) and Father Ian (Brocklehurst, associate priest).”
The Bishop was impressed with the work of Emmaus after learning about its work from director Alison Hill and trustee Chris Lyness.
He said: “I knew Emmaus, but only as a name. To come here and see its work was utterly inspirational.
“The two themes of Holy Week are transformation and hope, and they are delivered here.
“This is transformation and hope are lived out and what they do is inspirational and fits into the greater picture.
“It is great to see Emmaus spread across Europe and here lived out in Mossley in a wonderful way.”
The Bishop is no stranger to Mossley as he has led worship before in the town and also taken part in the traditional walks on Whit Friday.