20th Anniversary Celebration with the Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of canterbury with springfield youth

Springfield Church celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year (2012). As part of our celebration we were delighted to have the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, come and be interviewed and preside and preach at our packed service.

Rowan Williams has been a keen supporter of the whole Fresh Expressions movement (indeed in the interview below he states that it was one of two things that he is most pleased about in his time as Archbishop).

The day started with a breakfast that Rowan Williams attended with our young people. There was a question and answer session with them about a whole variety of areas.

The main service was a Mothering Sunday service (very appropriate as Springfield was launched on Mothering Sunday 20 years ago). The service was packed out and there was some media interest as well as Dr Williams had just announced that he was standing down as Archbishop of Canterbury. It had already been agreed that there would be a short interview with Dr Williams – this ended being a bit longer than expected!

Interview with Archbishop of Canterbury

We also interviewed a number of people who’s lives had been impacted by the life and ministry of Springfield, including Andrew and Lucy from RUSH, the Kenyan charity that Springfield supports. Dr Williams also preached and presided at our service.

It was an amazing and life-giving morning and so many positive comments about what a celebration of the life of Springfield it was. It was a privilege to have the Archbishop of Canterbury with us and share in our celebrations – above all it was wonderful to give God the glory for all that He has done at Springfield Church in the past twenty years.

Pictures from the day