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We are the Diocese of Leeds..in Huddersfield

This week we find out what happens when a town centre church takes a pop up shop in a nearby arcade for a week as part of our year long film campaign to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds. This will be the third year that Huddersfield St Peter’s will take over an empty stall in the Packhorse Centre in town selling bric a brac to raise funds – but more importantly - ensuring they have a visible and engaging presence in the town. Last year they raised over £2,000 from the stall in the week which was split between church funds and the local food bank and homeless charity. This year they open shop on Monday September 25 until Friday September 29 – and are currently welcoming any donations! Churchwarden at Huddersfield Parish Church, Mike Benbridge said running the pop up shop “captured everyone’s imagination.” And the vicar, the Revd Canon Simon Moor said it had enabled them to reach out and connect with those they might not have done otherwise. 

We are the Diocese of Leeds...celebrating creation

This week we celebrate creation in our year long campaign to beat the drum for all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds with a film that brings us a lovely example of that regular event in the church calendar; the flower festival. We travelled to the further reaches of Upper Wensleydale, to St Matthew’s Church in Stalling Busk, to film them as they opened their doors for their annual August Bank Holiday flower festival. Who would have thought that that tiny church could have created so much beauty and shared so much love that day with hundreds coming through their door from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The theme then was based loosely around the children’s novel, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - and one of the only stipulations was that no flowers should be bought – but cut from your own gardens or foraged from the hedgerows.  

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