A Holy Communion service to celebrate all parts of the Church of England will take place in St James’s Heckmondwike on Saturday May 6 and be presided by the vicar of Staincliffe and Carlinghow.
The event, called Flourishing Together is at the invitation of the vicar of Heckmondwike, the Revd Karen Young and comes in the light of events in the Diocese of Sheffield.
Karen, who will preach at the service, said: “I issued this invitation in the spirit of hospitality, to show that neighbouring parishes, albeit from different traditions can worship together and support one another."
The vicar of Staincliffe and Carlinghow, the Revd Gordon Newton, who will preside at the service, explained: “The Benefice of Staincliffe and Carlinghow are in a very different place to the Benefice of Heckmondwike and Liversedge yet we are all part of the Church of England. Whilst there is the declaration and guidance in the ‘upper parts’ of the Church of England, in the parishes it requires friendship and trust to show that together we can support each other and encourage each other to flourish.
“I am glad that General Synod created room for me to be part of the Church of England and I am particularly thankful for this generous invitation from Karen to come together as sisters and brothers in Christ,” he added.
Said Karen: “All are invited regardless of which part of the Church of England they come from. Together, with trust and prayer, we meet to proclaim the Kingdom of God and show that we want each other to flourish. ”
St James’ Heckmondwike
Saturday 6 May – 10am.