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New diocese to focus on creative forms of church and mission at Harrogate demonstration day

In a first for the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, churches across the region are coming together in Harrogate this Saturday June 14th to share and sample new and innovative forms of church and learn about creative new ideas which are leading to church growth. The ‘Vision for Mission Day Out’ takes place at 12 different venues across Harrogate and will include seminars on mission, pioneer projects and church community initiatives as well as the opportunity to experience new expressions of churches such as ‘café church’ and ‘forest church’.

First new diocese for more than 85 years is created

News Release History has been made this Easter, 2014 with the creation of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, the first new diocese in the Church of England since 1927, and, at 2,630 square miles, one of the largest dioceses in England by area. With a population of 2.3 million people served by 656 Anglican churches, it includes the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield as well as North Yorkshire towns such as Skipton, Catterick, Harrogate and Settle.

Celebrations and farewells as former dioceses give thanks

Services of celebration and thanksgiving have been taking place across the new diocese marking the end of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield dioceses. In Bradford a service of celebration took place at the Cathedral on April 12th, while in Wakefield Bishop a time capsule will be buried and commemorative chalices given to each parish - in Ripon the Cathedral was turned in to a railway station for the journey..
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