So much has been achieved since the Diocese of Leeds was created just two and a half years ago. Bringing together three very different dioceses was a hugely complex procedure, but we are all now part of a large, coherent body, whose benefits are being increasingly revealed.
The bishops and archdeacons are working closely with their areas, and the combined spiritual wealth of 656 churches, over 240 church schools and three cathedrals has brought increased creative energy.
We now have a central office in Leeds (complete with a charitable coffee shop that’s open to all), a new parish share system, new governance and further delegation of authority from the diocesan bishop to the area bishops.
Some of the challenges we face include: getting the right balance between one diocese and the five episcopal areas, tackling the anticipated fall in clergy numbers, growing our churches and maintaining parish share. And it remains vital to reach children and young people with the Gospel in order to build future generations of strong Christians.
At the heart of all we do are the values captured in our diocesan strap line, ‘Loving, Living and Learning‘.
It’s a useful list to check against everything we do. What does that mean for you and your church?
+Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds
Loving, Living, Learning
We aim to:
Love God, the world and one another.
Live in the world as it is, but, drawn by a vision of something better,
we want to help individuals and communities flourish.
Learn when we get things wrong, by listening and growing together.
As in previous years our four Churches of the Parish of Christ the King have all had their own Paschal Candle (Easter Candle).
Traditionally in the Church the Paschal Candle is painted with a cross, the Alpha and Omega, the year of that Easter celebration and a symbol of the resurrection.
Again we would like to invite anyone who would like to have a go and paint their own Churches candle for 2017 to get in contact with either Revd Maureen or Revd Charlene for further details.
Painting the Paschal Candle is a good Lenten practice where the artist has scope to create something that is both beautiful and symbolic for the coming year.
Many blessings Charlene.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION)
will be available in the morning of Ash Wednesday 10.30am -12.30pm
and the afternoon of Good Friday 2.00pm-3.30pm
at St Bartholomew’s Church Meltham.
I will also be available throughout Lent
for you to either make your confession at a convenient time
or if you would prefer to deepen your understanding of this sacrament
then please do come and talk with me.
Revd Charlene: 01484 851334, firstname.lastname@example.org
25th May – 4th June
Pray as a Church
Pray as a Individual
Pray as a Family.
Please go to the link https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
We are the Diocese of Leeds!
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12am Maypole Dancing 1pm Holmfirth ukulele group 2pm Races 3pm Prize Giving for Children Classic bike display – all day
There are lots of competitions you can enter: A Single Home Grown Garden Rose 3 Home Grown Garden Flowers (They can be the same or different) A Homemade Cake using vegetables 4 Homemade Decorative Cup Cakes A Photograph entitled “Celebration”! Chutney and/or Jam A Small Craft Item
Childrens Competions:- “Spud” Head, A Poem about summer or an Animal Drawing
At 2pm we will organising the following races: Target & Rings Giant Noughts & Crosses Skittles 3 Legged Dash Welly Wanging Giant Dominoes Egg & Spoon Races Giant Jenga Tug of War
We will have lots of stalls: Cake Stall Tombola Guess the name of the Doll Raffle Chocolate Throw Ultimate Lemons Greeting Cards Basket Stall (Flower etc) Guess the use of the Tool
And of course, we will be serving the most delicious cream teas: Refreshing Tea, Coffee and Juice Mouth watering Homemade Cakes and Buns Scones with Clotted Cream and Jam Sandwiches :- Ham & English Mustard Beef & Horseradish Cheese & Pickle Egg & Cress
The sun shone on us and the animals were well behaved!
Monday, 30th May – 12 noon, Walsingham Abbey Grounds
Preacher: The Revd Andrew Mitcham – Vicar/Rector of the Benefice of Walsingham, Houghton St Giles and the Barshams & Guardian of the Shrine
Pilgrims have made the journey to Walsingham from all over Britain and the world since the 11th century. For many people their first visit to Walsingham is centred around the National Pilgrimage which takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday each year. This is a wonderful outdoor event with the famous procession of Our Lady from the ruined priory grounds, through the village to the Shrine.
There are two main services in the day (12 noon Mass and 2.30 pm Sermon, Procession and Benediction) which takes place in the grounds of The Abbey. Pilgrims are welcome to picnic in the gardens during the lunch interval (1.00 pm – 2.30 pm).
For further information please contact Revd. Charlene 01848 851334. Or visit the website:www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk (There will be car share available, or if you would be willing to drive.)