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We are the Diocese of Leeds: Welcoming new families into our churches

Welcoming new members into our church family is the theme for our two films this week in our year long campaign to tell the story of our rich and varied life here in the Diocese of Leeds. Here, we travelled up to Bedale and had the privilege to be invited to join Archie and his family and friends as he was baptised by the Revd Ian Robinson, Rector of Bedale with Burrill, Thornton Watlass and Leeming. Said Ian: “Conducting baptisms is a highlight in the church calendar, enabling us to welcome new members into the church family, it offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with families in a deep and meaningful manner. “  “Baptism is the starting point of a journey of discovery together, parents and godparents, children and the church family. “And it’s always a joy to welcome the parents and children back to further worship in the church and to be able to conduct services that are designed to help families fulfil their baptism promises.

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Welcoming our Little Angels

Welcoming new members into our church family is the theme for our two films this week in our year long campaign to tell the story of our rich and varied life here in the Diocese of Leeds. The Parish of Seacroft, East Leeds has three churches; St James’s, St Paul’s and St Richard’s and together they serve a community of 35,000 people across Seacroft, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor - home to one of the largest housing estates in the country. The church has over 100 baptisms a year – and serves its community in a variety of different ways – often in partnership with other community groups and organisations. And the message of the church is simple: “God loves this place and its people.” And here in this short film, we get a glimpse of the love it shares with its weekly Little Angels group. So called because this special group of under 5s “uplift the life of the church”.

We are the Diocese of Leeds: reaching out to our rural communities.

God cares for people in the farming communities is the message of this week’s film in our year long campaign to tell the story of our rich and varied life here in the Diocese of Leeds. Up in the Craven Area of North Yorkshire, St Andrew’s Church, Gargrave and St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold have been reaching out to farmers and those working the land in different ways over the years with late afternoon services at Harvest and Christmas to fit the farming day.  And to make more connections their vicar, the Revd David Houlton, joined the Gargrave Agricultural Show organising committee, and in 2015 Gargrave PCC created the "St Andrew's Cup" for the champion Blue Faced Leicester sheep at the Gargrave Show which runs every August.  As a result of that connection, both David and his wife, the Revd Heather Houlton, now steward the Exemption Dog Section at the show - which has rounds such as dog with the best eyes and the waggiest tail!   Said David: “It’s really important to be connected into the community. Many out there find it difficult to get involved in church events as they work long hours – we have to take church to them to show that God cares for people in the farming communities of Craven. Gargrave Show 2017 is on Sat 19 August at Eshton Hall just off the A65 near Gargrave. 
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