Pop Up Cathedral takes faith on the road


Taking faith on the road

Community Missioner, Heidi Smith makes good use of Pop Up Cathedral to serve young people who hang around outside  Wakefield Cathedral's stepsA POP UP CATHEDRAL will take faith on the road when it journeys through the towns and cities of the newest Church of England diocese here in West Yorkshire and the Dales and collects donations for some of its food banks.

It will be blessed along the way by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu in Bishopthorpe, York on Monday afternoon at 2.50pm before it stops to serve children in After School Club at the Archbishop of York Junior School.

Pop Up Cathedral is the brain child of Wakefield Cathedral.  A mobile trailer, it was bought with a combination of local grants and supported with further funding from the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust, to provide detached youth and outreach work at the Cathedral and for other churches across the new diocese.

It is run by Wakefield Cathedral's mission and outreach team of Canon Tony Macpherson, Canon Missioner and Heidi Smith, Community Missioner, who are taking it on the road to serve in some of West Yorkshire’s towns and cities and collect donations for food banks along the way.

Canon Tony Macpherson said: “We’re here to help our fellow church communities in this new diocese with their outreach and mission work and want everyone to see Pop Up Cathedral’s potential.

“It can do farmers’ markets, pop festivals, flower festivals, agricultural shows, coffee mornings, pop up prayers, lecture days…you name it. It’s mobile, it’s flexible and it can be where church needs to be,” he said

Community Missioner, Heidi Smith has been using the trailer to serve hot chocolate to the young people who use the Cathedral steps in Wakefield as a meeting point over the summer months.

She said: “This is about engaging with the community where they are. It is difficult sometimes for people to come into the Cathedral, but by taking the Cathedral to them, it crosses those barriers and helps them understand that we are here for them, we are here to serve.”

Pop Up Cathedral will be sent out after the Harvest Service at Wakefield Cathedral this Sunday morning (Oct 5). It will be in Huddersfield and York on Monday, Bradford and Halifax Tuesday. Ripon on Sat Oct 11 and Leeds Tuesday Oct 21. Please join us if you can.




We’d love to see you along the way. Please feel free to join us.

We are collecting for our foodbanks. Please give, if you can

Sunday Oct 5th

10-11.30am -  Wakefield Cathedral

Monday Oct 6

10 – 12 noon Huddersfield Parish church serving refreshments to town and congregation

2-6pm Bishopthorpe, York for blessing from the Archbishop plus serving young people in some of the after school clubs held at local ABY Junior School.

Tuesday Oct 7

10 -12 noon Bradford Cathedral Precinct – serve and meet Bradford Central Food bank 

2-4pm – Halifax Town Centre (Southgate)  serve and meet people in town

Saturday Oct 11

10-2pm - Holy Trinity Ripon, serving refreshments at Leading Your Church Into Growth event – 10.45am -2pm

2.30-4.30pm - Ripon Cathedral in the afternoon to serve rehearsing St Cecilia Orchestra

Tues 21 Oct

 10 – 1pm - St Chad’s, Headingley – serving refreshments at Engaging with Mark event

Find out how you can use this pop up cathedral in your ministry - email mission [at] wakefield-cathedral.org.uk

About the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust

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You can also keep up to date with the work of the Youth Trust through Facebook, Twitter (@ABYyouthtrust) and www.abyyt.com. If you would like to receive their quarterly newsletter then please contact ytadmin [at] archbishopofyork.org ().




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