A CUMBRIAN bishop will canoe across Derwentwater in a symbolic celebration of a new partnership.

Next year a Northern Centre of pioneering mission will commence in the county, bringing together The Diocese of Carlisle, the Church of England in Cumbria and (Church Mission Society) CMS.

The centre will offer those wanting to develop their understanding and practice of mission to acquire a CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission.

Study will be based around six modules, which include pioneering mission, reading the bible and mission entrepreneurship. The role of a pioneer is to connect with people outside the church, creating new ways of bringing people of faith together in their community.

On July 25 the Bishop of Penrith, Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson, will join other canoeists including the director of mission education at CMS, Jonny Baker, in paddling across Derwentwater to St Herbert’s Island, to mark the formal collaboration.

The island was the home of the hermit St Herbert, who brought Christianity to the area in the seventh century.

Bishop Emma said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this exciting new collaboration with the Church Mission Society. This will provide so many new ways in which a wide range of people can explore what pioneering mission could look like for them here in Cumbria and, indeed, across the whole of the north of England and southern Scotland.”

Jonny added: “The Northern Centre for Pioneer Mission is part of a growing network of training hubs for lay pioneers that CMS is developing in partnership with dioceses around the UK.”