Celebrate 5 is the name for five big events being held in each episcopal area this autumn to celebrate and encourage church growth.
Robin Gamble, Bishop's Adviser for Church Growth, says, “Celebrate 5 will be both a ‘coming together’ for each episcopal area and it will help build an emerging culture of growth in every church."
Each event will include traditional and contemporary worship, a sermon from the area bishop, examples of local growing churches, a prayer installation and litany for growth and a final 'take away' challenge to each PCC.
Robin adds, “We hope that every church will send along clergy and lay leaders plus two or three young people (teenagers and young adults).
The Huddersfield area celebration due to have taken place on 17 September at Halifax Minster has been postponed - more information here. But the others are going ahead. Robin says, "Please come and support your area, and help build a culture of growth in the diocese.”
The Celebrate 5 dates are:
24 September 7.30pm Bradford Cathedral
1 October 10am Ripon Cathedral
8 October 4.30pm Leeds Minster (workshops from 2-3.30pm in different venues)
1 November 7.30pm Wakefield Cathedral