Scores of our churches find Messy Church a good way of reaching community and especially connecting with those who might be reluctant to come to church on a Sunday – and St Margaret’s, Frizinghall is no different as this short film in our year long campaign, We are the Diocese of Leeds, shows. St Margaret’s is a parish near Shipley on the outskirts of Bradford, home to many Muslim families. They found that Messy Church was a really good opportunity to be able to welcome people from different faiths into the church in a non threatening, fun way. They now run Messy church on the second Sunday of every month from 3-5pm with a range of games, activities, songs, a Bible story and a meal to share at the end. You can find out how Messy church could work for you in your context with free training workshops by its creator, Lucy Moore from the Bible Research Fellowship. The first, will be held at Ripon Cathedral on Sat March 4 from 10am with creative ideas and inspirational training, including the basics of Messy Church, Messy discipleship, and open space creative discussion. NEXT: 15th July 2017, 2-4pm Bradford Cathedral 25th November 2017, 10-3pm Wakefield Cathedral To book a free place, please contact Sammi Tooze in the Church Growth department on: firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 3530266
St Stephen’s Bowling is situated in an area of great need in the centre of the city of Bradford. Its vicar, the Revd Jimmy Hinton and his wife, Sarah both have a heart for the poor and their church has become a hub for the local community with its Shine project which includes a weekly Craft club, a CAP Job Club, access to computers, a gardening club, wellbeing activities and a Children’s Clothing Bank. Around the church building there are football nets and spaces for local youngsters to play. The film shows a day in the life of St Stephens. The weekly Refugee welcome group is run in partnership with Refugee Action. There are activities for children to meet with others who understand their situation, and, as well as general support, the adults can receive advice on their status and other wellbeing activities. The creative group is Creative Threads. It meets once a week and provides a supportive social group for those from the church and community - encouraging friendship as well as teaching new skill.
This is a short promotional version of We are the Diocese of Leeds film – no longer than 20 seconds designed to share on social media to signpost people to our website to find out more of who we are and what we do.. Feel free to share it.
A year-long campaign to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds. Called ‘We Are the Diocese of Leeds’, this short film reveals the rich and varied day in the life of our churches as they serve their communities where they are from dawn til dusk. Despite our differences, it is clear that community is at the heart of all we do. Serving those around us; whatever their need may be. Connecting and showing them a loving God; a God who loves his people where they are. Please use this film where you can – show it in your churches; your parishes; your schools, your church halls, your house groups, Chapters, deaneries, - let’s show people who we are here in this Diocese of Leeds. And every two weeks – to coincide with the e –news – we will upload a short-form film (no longer than two mins) telling these stories and more from across our Diocese. Please share them.
On his fifth week spent in one of the deaneries of Bradford Episcopal Area, Bishop Toby visits foodbanks and projects in the Bowling and Horton Deanery, meets mums and toddlers, lunch clubs, a local Mosque and an after-school club along with clergy and lay members.
Between June 28 and July 2nd Bishop Toby Howarth, the Bishop of Bradford, has spent a week in the Airedale Deanery, meeting clergy and laity, visiting a hospital, a 'pay as you feel' cafe, leading school assemblies, a confirmation and baptism service and much more.
From addressing thousands of scouts, chairing hustings in Bradford, visits to a church day centre and Morrisons headquarters, Bishop Toby reflects from Immanuel College on his week in the Bradford North deanery.
Bishop Toby reflects on his second deanery visit, this time to Keighley from April 19th to April 23rd, including a ride on the footplate of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
On the morning of Easter Day, 2015, Bishop Toby meets Christians in north Bradford for a Sunrise service - and looks back over the events of Holy Week in Bradford and the diocese, reflecting on some of the events he has been a part of.
On Good Friday, Bishop Toby joined the Bradford Moor cluster of churches on their Walk of Witness - a three and a half hour walk broken with reflections, worship and meditation at four different churches. This is a short clip near the beginning of the Walk.