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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.  

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Playing cricket together

Building bridges between communities is an important part of mission and ministry across our diocese. This week our latest film in our year long campaign to tell our story here in the Diocese of Leeds is a cricket match – between clergy and imams on both sides of the Pennines. Called, Love of the Roses, it was the idea of Kumon Y’All- - a Dewsbury based community group working since 2008 to do whatever they can to bring people of different faiths, cultures and communities together to create a better understanding between them. And at the heart of all they do is young people. Leader, Farook Yunus said: “Whether it is sport, food, talking, issues, problems, clean ups; whatever it is that brings people together naturally. We empower young people to take on the planning and delivery of projects.” As he says in the film: “It's not about the winning, it's about making friends: showing the world that we can do it; it’s so important."      

We are the Diocese of Leeds...in Skipton

This week we get a glimpse of the mission and ministry of the church in Skipton for our film in our year-long campaign to tell our story here in this new Diocese of Leeds. Holy Trinity, Skipton, one of two parish churches serving the town, is known as the parish church on top of the high street – and is open every day to welcome the local community and the thousands of weekly visitors who flock to the Gateway to the Dales on day trips and holidays. It is also home to a large rural community – with pockets of social deprivation – and vicar, Veronica James is proud to be the vicar in the community and the chaplain at the local Auction Mart with its regular cattle, sheep and lamb sales. This she says allows her to be part of the community, be alongside people where they are, see how people live their lives and give them support if they want it. Said Veronica: “Just having the presence of being the vicar in the community is so important for people. I am around with people where they are; they can see there is a representative of the church who lives here and works here.”
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