A packed Bradford Cathedral celebrated Candles in the Dark on Sunday night, a diocesan event focussing on evangelism and church growth.
Those in attendance heard encouraging interviews from Ashley Evans and the United Reform Church (URC), Hannah Lievesley and her work in Far Headingley and Bishop Toby about his vision for the church in the Bradford Episcopal Area.
Words of inspiration and guidance flowed from the Rt Revd Sophie Jelley (pictured), Bishop of Doncaster, who once served in the area of Bradford.
Candles were lit as many offered themselves afresh to share the Good News of Jesus.
The event was carried along by the great music and worship of Revd Rolf Mason, Associate Priest at Osmondthorpe, and his gang of travelling musicians.The whole service was beautifully led and held together by Revd Phil Arnold, vicar of Upper Armley, and Revd Angela Hannafin, vicar of Bardsey, and supported by Revd Canon Robin Gamble, Bishop's Advisor for Church Growth in our diocese.
"More than lighting candles, I think many of us were feeling our hearts being lit up," said Robin.