We are the Diocese of Leeds: reaching out to our rural communities.

God cares for people in the farming communities is the message of 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.

Up in the Craven Area of North Yorkshire, St Andrew’s Church, Gargrave and St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold have been reaching out to farmers and those working the land in different ways over the years with late afternoon services at Harvest and Christmas to fit the farming day. 

And to make more connections their vicar, the Revd David Houlton, joined the Gargrave Agricultural Show organising committee, and in 2015 Gargrave PCC created the "St Andrew's Cup" for the champion Blue Faced Leicester sheep at the Gargrave Show which runs every August. 

As a result of that connection, both David and his wife, the Revd Heather Houlton, now steward the Exemption Dog Section at the show - which has rounds such as dog with the best eyes and the waggiest tail!  

Said David: “It’s really important to be connected into the community. Many out there find it difficult to get involved in church events as they work long hours – we have to take church to them to show that God cares for people in the farming communities of Craven.

Gargrave Show 2017 is on Sat 19 August at Eshton Hall just off the A65 near Gargrave. 

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