the diocese

We are the Diocese of Leeds...In Harehills.

‘In Christ there is no foreigner, in Christ we are all kin’ underpins the ministry at St Aidan’s, Harehills, Leeds. Situated in a deprived area just out of the city centre, this is a demanding, challenging and exciting parish in a richly diverse part of Leeds. Home to the Brangwyn Mosaics –1,000sq ft of mosaics telling the story of Aidan’s life, this is a church where people of many different backgrounds, cultures and languages seek to live out the gospel of love and reconciliation by serving the local community, especially those living on the margins of society. It offers twice weekly English classes, a weekly food share, a regular community meal which feeds 70 to 100 people, a Drop In for Asylum seekers and refugees and a weekly Eritrean church service, and Bible study classes. And at the heart of all that it does, is the daily Mass.          

We are the Diocese of Leeds...starting the day

We are the Diocese of Leeds at the start of the day.....In this season of Lent, it seemed appropriate to remember the daily office, to remember that when we pray, there are millions of Christian people all around the world also praying; daily in churches, in their own homes, in their cars, at work and those prayers are joined to the prayers of the saints and angels in heaven. You might not hear them. You might feel very alone in your prayer; but you are not alone. There is no “my” prayer. It is, as the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer states, “our”. We have around 1,000 bellringers across the diocese who regularly call worshippers to church every Sunday and who usually practise once or twice a week.  If you want to know more or are interested in bellringing, contact your local church to find your nearest group. Volunteers are always welcome.       

We are... making bread together in Masham

Making bread together is a special project to prepare children from Masham CE Primary School for their weekly Holy Communion Service in the church. The vicar, the Revd David Cleeves introduces pupils in Year 5 to the stories of Holy Week and Easter and its links with Communion. To make it more memorable, he bakes a loaf of bread with them using it to link with the last hours of Jesus’ life. For example, he tells them you are rough with the mixture when you knead the bread, like people were rough with Jesus and, you have to wait for the yeast to do its job, just like people waited for Jesus to rise. The loaf they make together is then used in the service and is the start of Year 5 regularly attending the Wednesday Holy Communion service with Year 6 and local people.      

We are..... Messy Church in Frizinghall

Scores of our churches find Messy Church a good way of reaching community and especially connecting with those who might be reluctant to come to church on a Sunday – and St Margaret’s, Frizinghall is no different as this short film in our year long campaign, We are the Diocese of Leeds, shows. St Margaret’s is a parish near Shipley on the outskirts of Bradford, home to many Muslim families. They found that Messy Church was a really good opportunity to be able to welcome people from different faiths into the church in a non threatening, fun way. They now run Messy church on the second Sunday of every month from 3-5pm with a range of games, activities, songs, a Bible story and a meal to share at the end. You can find out how Messy church could work for you in your context with free training workshops by its creator, Lucy Moore from the Bible Research Fellowship.  The first, will be held at Ripon Cathedral on Sat March 4 from 10am with creative ideas and inspirational training, including the basics of Messy Church, Messy discipleship, and open space creative discussion. NEXT: 15th July 2017, 2-4pm Bradford Cathedral 25th November 2017, 10-3pm Wakefield Cathedral To book a free place, please contact Sammi Tooze in the Church Growth department on: 0113 3530266