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We are the Diocese of Leeds...celebrating creation

This week we celebrate creation in our year long campaign to beat the drum for all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds with a film that brings us a lovely example of that regular event in the church calendar; the flower festival. We travelled to the further reaches of Upper Wensleydale, to St Matthew’s Church in Stalling Busk, to film them as they opened their doors for their annual August Bank Holiday flower festival. Who would have thought that that tiny church could have created so much beauty and shared so much love that day with hundreds coming through their door from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The theme then was based loosely around the children’s novel, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - and one of the only stipulations was that no flowers should be bought – but cut from your own gardens or foraged from the hedgerows.  

A gift to Tarime

Kitagasembe choir receiving their AV equipment
When Holy Trinity Church in Huddersfield set out to replace their audio-visual system last year, they also set their sights on how they might help a church rather further away. In order to upgrade...

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Taking welfare and worship on the road

For 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, we followed the Church About the Dale ecumenical trailer taking welfare and worship to some of the further reaches of our diocese. It is this vision of welfare and worship that saw the Anglican churches in the Deanery of Wesley and the local Methodist chapels come together to source, fund and plan to get a mobile church trailer on the road. It took 18 months but in August 2015, it was launched with a service of blessing from Ripon Cathedral before making its own pilgrimage through Wensleydale taking faith on the road and providing active support to isolated areas of the Dale. Since that time it has been a regular feature at local agricultural shows including the Gargrave Show and the Wensleydale Show, in market places and every August Bank Holiday, it can be found beside Semerwater for a special lakeside service. The Revd Chris Lawton who looks after six parishes between Leyburn and Bedale, said: “We wanted to reach out to people and to those in need in this isolated rural community by taking the trailer out into the market places, onto the showfields and be able to signpost people to food banks, debt relief, farm crisis, suicide prevention helplines; helping those most in need and proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.”  
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