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We are the Diocese of Leeds....serving our communities

For this week’s film, we spent a day at St Catherine’s Church Centre in Wakefield as part of our year long campaign to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds. It has been running an emergency food store for those in the city and beyond for over five years – and has regular arrangements with a variety of local supermarkets and other businesses and organisations. Since the start of this year up to October 20, it had given out 1,852 food parcels. And with winter just around the corner, St Catherine’s Church and Centre is asking for donations to boost its emergency food store.(see main story on news for shopping list) But St Catherine’s is much more than just a food bank. It has its own café which runs five days a week;  it offers holiday clubs to stop the hunger gap some families might experience during the schools holidays; a day centre offering arts, crafts and a meeting place for the elderly; a community choir which is open to anyone for free choir and music singing every Thursday; a gardening club; creative writing sessions and a Recovery Café every Thursday for anyone aged over 18 with mental health issues where they meet and share a meal together. And every Christmas it opens its doors for a Christmas dinner for those on their own and more vulnerable families which includes a visit from Father Christmas and presents for all the children.

We are the Diocese of Leeds…at Saturday Gathering West

For this week’s film, we were invited to the launch of Saturday Gathering West as part of our year long campaign to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds. After four years of the Saturday Gathering, that fresh expression of church that grew out of a food bank in Halifax, the organisers, Christians Together In Calderdale, realised it had grown too big so a second site, Saturday Gathering West, was set up across the other side of town, at St Hilda’s church. That was 12 months ago –they have had their first baptism; a young man named Daniel who has now made the Saturday Gathering West his church – and are confident that, while there have been highs and lows as with any new church plant, St Hilda’s is in the right place to grow and continue to reach out to the community in the area. Chris Butler, a trustee explains: “ Since we opened we have looked a different formats to capture people’s imaginations and look at new ways to engage.  For the past couple of months we have found that using skits along with a brief explanation works really well and we now are nick named “The Skit Church.” Saturday Gathering West meets every Saturday at 7pm in St Hildas, Gibraltar Road, HX14HE.  Happy Birthday Saturday Gathering West -Saturday 21 October, 7pm. An evening of fellowship and food. ALL WELCOME    
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