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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.”  

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Welcoming new families into our churches

Welcoming new members into our church family is the theme for our two films this week in our year long campaign to tell the story of our rich and varied life here in the Diocese of Leeds. Here, we travelled up to Bedale and had the privilege to be invited to join Archie and his family and friends as he was baptised by the Revd Ian Robinson, Rector of Bedale with Burrill, Thornton Watlass and Leeming. Said Ian: “Conducting baptisms is a highlight in the church calendar, enabling us to welcome new members into the church family, it offers a wonderful opportunity to engage with families in a deep and meaningful manner. “  “Baptism is the starting point of a journey of discovery together, parents and godparents, children and the church family. “And it’s always a joy to welcome the parents and children back to further worship in the church and to be able to conduct services that are designed to help families fulfil their baptism promises.

We are the Diocese of Leeds: Welcoming our Little Angels

Welcoming new members into our church family is the theme for our two films this week in our year long campaign to tell the story of our rich and varied life here in the Diocese of Leeds. The Parish of Seacroft, East Leeds has three churches; St James’s, St Paul’s and St Richard’s and together they serve a community of 35,000 people across Seacroft, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor - home to one of the largest housing estates in the country. The church has over 100 baptisms a year – and serves its community in a variety of different ways – often in partnership with other community groups and organisations. And the message of the church is simple: “God loves this place and its people.” And here in this short film, we get a glimpse of the love it shares with its weekly Little Angels group. So called because this special group of under 5s “uplift the life of the church”.
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