During this special year, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, Bishop Nick Baines brings a message celebrating the great achievements of the world famous British Institution. A special service will be held on 29th July at Ripon Cathedral to mark the founding of the National Health Service. Organisers are inviting anyone with a ‘good news’ story about the NHS which they are willing to share to get in touch. Canon Barry Pyke from Ripon Cathedral, says, “Often we hear negative stories about the NHS which often overshadow the great work done daily in transforming people’s lives. As part of the service we would really like to include ‘good news’ stories about the NHS. If you know anyone in your congregations whose lives have been changed by the NHS for the good and would be willing to tell their story then please contact me." Canon Barry also said, “It would be great to include as many as we can across our large and diverse Diocese to participate in this celebration.”
Bradford Cathedral’s bells are once again ringing out across the city after being rededicated by the Dean of Bradford and the Lord Mayor of Bradford. Guided tours were given by local schoolchildren, there was, a special choral evensong, and a presentation on the project. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding of £79,100, the peal of First World War memorial bells have been repaired and restored as part of a wider heritage project which includes the exhibition, guided tours and a special booklet launched at the rededication event. Find out more in our news report here
Here is footage from the first ever Diocese of Leeds Lay Conference, Together in Faith, that took place at the Harrogate Convention Centre on Saturday 9 June. The day was packed with inspirational talks and workshops with a team of national speakers travelling to Harrogate to lead around 24 different seminars. Some 40 stalls filled the vast ‘Market Place’ hall where refreshments were served and delegates could find out about the work of the diocese. Leading the main sessions were inspiring key-note speakers, Mark Russell, CEO of the Church Army, and the Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells.
Hard work in the heart of the community has earned St Luke's church, Holbeck, £500,000 from the National Lottery. The grant, for St Luke’s Church in Holbeck, will go towards a complete renovation and extension of the Malvern Road building. This will include a new kitchen area, extra rooms and opening a community cafe which will be drop-in centre for young people living nearby. Here is a video capturing the community where St. Lukes is located, all filmed using a drone that managed to take breathtaking views from high above this part of South Leeds.
The new Dean of Wakefield, The Revd Canon Simon Cowling, was announced at the cathedral on Friday 18th May. Simon is currently the Rector of Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales, where he has helped enhance its reputation as a place of worship and as a visitor destination. In the year to September 2017, 162,000 visitors and worshippers came through the doors – an increase of more than 50 per cent on previous numbers. And now Simon is to take charge at Wakefield Cathedral – a move he relishes: “It is a huge privilege to have been invited to become the next Dean of Wakefield and to join colleagues on Chapter in the next phase of the cathedral’s journey under God,” Simon said. “Wakefield Cathedral describes itself on its website as ‘a place of conversation for all faiths and none’. “I am looking forward immensely to joining the conversation, to learning more about the many good things that are going on in the cathedral, the city and the district, and to engaging with them.”
Across the Diocese of Leeds, churches in towns and cities are coming together to celebrate with Thy Kingdom Come events in 2018. Thy Kingdom Come began as a simple invitation to prayer by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury in 2016 and has since blossomed into a global movement, bringing together thousands of Christians across the globe to pray for more people to come to know the love of Jesus Christ during the period from Ascension to Pentecost. Christians from churches across the Anglican Diocese of Leeds are being invited to take part in the diocesan ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ beacon event at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 13th May, 3pm-6pm. The Archbishop of York himself will be in Leeds on May 16th for a special under-30s service at Holy Trinity Boar Lane - more about this event here. His visit is part of a series of events taking place in Leeds city centre.
Ever wondered how decisions are made regarding the future of our young Diocese? Ever wondered who makes those decisions and why? Ever wanted to have your say and be part of the process that builds our shared vision of Loving, Living, Learning? Diocesan Synod is where it all happens and where you can help in that vital task – and Synod needs you....... and your voice will count! Watch this video to hear the thoughts and experiences of those who are already apart of Diocesan Synod. For more information on the elections please click here.
Together in Faith is a unique opportunity for lay people throughout the Diocese of Leeds to come together to learn, share and be inspired. Some 1700 active and motivated lay church members will meet on Saturday 9th June at the Harrogate Convention Centre. They will hear from a range of stimulating speakers and learn of the latest plans for the diocese to support and encourage lay people. Every participant should leave refreshed, renewed and affirmed in their efforts to live out their faith in their parishes, schools and workplaces. The Booking period has been extended until May 8th - so visit the Lay Conference page and book now! http://www.leeds.anglican.org/lay-conference
Rebekah Hinton who set up a clothing bank to help children in her local community has received a Rotary Young Citizen Award. Rebekah, the daughter of West Bowling Vicar, the Revd Jimmy Hinton, and Sarah Hinton manager of the Shine Community project, is now studying Natural Sciences at Queen's Cambridge. But it was when she was 16 that she saw children arriving at her school in winter wearing summer clothing, with no shoes or coats. She talks about the award in this short Rotary International video
The vicar of Pontefract, the Revd Canon Bob Cooper, sent the BBC Look North team off on their Big 50 Sofa Challenge for Sport Relief with a prayer and a blessing this morning. Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on presenters, Harry Gration, Amy Garcia and weatherman, Paul Hudson on their way from just outside St Giles’ Church in the market square on Day 5 of the 8 day challenge. Volunteers had opened the church kitchen at 8am to keep the crew topped up with warm drinks before they set off to push the sofa the 10 miles from Pontefract to Pugneys Country Park, near Sandal, Wakefield raising funds for Sports Relief. People had started to gather in the Buttercross from 8am to cheer on the team - and even the sun shone brightly. "People gathered from 8am, making jokes with Paul Hudson about him never getting the weather right for Pontefract. It was a wonderful community experience and the church was right at the heart of it, " said Bob. "It was a privilege to send them off with a prayer and a blessing,' he added.