prayer & spirituality

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Serving the community

Serving our communities is the theme for this week’s films in our year long campaign to give us a glimpse into the wide range of church and community life lived out here in the diocese. And our second film this week takes us down the M62 motorway from Leeds to Normanton, in the Wakefield Episcopal Area, and to All Saints Church, a vibrant church serving the former mining communities and big housing estates of Normanton where prayer is at the heart of all they do. In the last few years they have prayed long and hard about the community they serve and realised that young people and older people were both social groups they needed to meet. Seven years ago they set up The Well Project designed to tackle anti social behaviour by young people and offer them positive action and more recently they decided to target social isolation. They signed up to the Fairtrade Scheme which delivers them a pallet of food every week destined for landfill, which they use to make fresh, tasty meals for the weekly Meet and Eats group – thanks to volunteers like Debs who you see in this film. They also run a food bank and a clothing bank.  

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Writing prayers together at Trinity Academy, Halifax

This week our latest film in our year long campaign to tell our story here in the Diocese of Leeds gives us a glimpse into a day in the life of a school chaplain at one of our 245 church schools and academies. Marcus Bull is chaplain at Trinity Academy, Halifax, a co-ed school for pupils aged 11-19. For Marcus, his presence in the school -  which achieved Outstanding in all areas from OFSTED in 2013 – means that faith is a visible daily presence and offers a real possibility for all its students - many of whom have little or no connection to a religion or a regular faith. The school has its own prayer, the Academy Prayer, which is prayed daily. It was written by former students with the help of Marcus some years ago and he wants the current students to rewrite it for their own time, to help them have a sense of ownership of it.  
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