Celebrating Love and Marriage in the Church

This Sunday is Marriage Sunday - a chance for churches to engage with their wedding couples past and present and celebrate love and marriage.  Wedding ceremonies are one of the most joyous parts of ministry - and we were pleased to be invited to share in that joy as this short film shows, made as part of our year long campaign to tell our story here in the Diocese of Leeds.  Even though the rain was coming down in stair rods for the happy couple's arrival at St James's, Clapham in the Ripon Episcopal Area, their big smiles give testimony to the fact the weather could not deter from the joy of their big day.     

A packed Ripon Cathedral welcomes Bishop Helen-Ann

In one of the most dramatic services ever seen at Ripon Cathedral, Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley has become the new Area Bishop of Ripon.   It was standing room only in the packed cathedral as a large contingent from New Zealand, where Bishop Helen-Ann has been Bishop of Waikato, joined the congregation of several hundred clergy and lay people from across the Episcopal Area.  This video captures some of the atmosphere and the key moments of the service.

The #do-you-know-him mission to Skipton launch service

Skipton churches join forces for #doyouknowhim mission   Christians in Skipton have joined forces mission initiative, #doyouknowhim. Over the next two months leading to Easter every church in the town will take part in the initiative, going out into the streets to chat to people about faith, and holding open services on the theme each Sunday.   Bishop Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, spoke at the launch service for #doyouknowhim, held last week at St Andrew’ Methodist Church. Some 250 Christians from across all the churches in Skipton took part, the Revd Richard Atkinson of the Methodist Church described the service as, “Relaxed yet serious, light but profound – full of positivity, joy and a sense of oneness.”   Watch the video here and read more in Area News. 
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