Diocese of Leeds

A Letter to us all from Bishop Nick

Bishop Nick has written to everyone. Friday 10 July 2020 To all parishes in the Diocese of Leeds Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are living through challenging and extraordinary times. The church, committed to the real world and the communities in which we are set, has continued to worship and serve despite the restrictions. Given the nature of the virus, it will be some time before we emerge into something resembling ‘normality’. We have to be clear and…

We Are the Diocese of Leeds

Since the formation of the diocese of Leeds over two years ago, there has been a lot of work going on to bring three organisations together.  However, there is a lot of hard work that has been done in the meantime “on the ground”.  The diocese have just released this video giving a brief snapshot of some of the good work and diversity that is being done here in West Yorkshire!

The Big Night Out

Today we went to the Big Night Out at Lightwater Valley with 16 teenagers!  What a great day it was!  Rides and sunshine, a picnic and some great bands! The Big Night Out is the biggest church youth event in the north of England.  Thousands of young people enjoying themselves in the sun and having fun!  Brightline were really good as the evening’s entertainment! Now we’re all tired and back on the coach home!  Another fantastic year!!

The Floods – From Bishop Jonathan 

From Bishop Jonathan “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”The storms over the Christmas period have had a devastating effect on communities in the Calder Valley. The floods have affected many homes, businesses and community facilities, including schools, and the effects will last much longer than the attention of the news media. At the same time, the response to the floods locally and from further afield has been remarkable, with people working tirelessly to…

Confirmation at Lunch Club

This morning the Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs came to the communion service before Lunch Club.  During the service, two of the regular members of the congregation were confirmed. During the service Danielle told the congregation that this is the next stage of her journey after she came to the Pilgrim Course at the beginning of the year.  As part of the service Bishop Jonathan prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill Beryl and Danielle.  He then annointed them with…

Why is the Church of England getting involved with …?

  Time and time again people ask me the question, “Why is the Church of England getting involved with…?” At which point you can add the words refugees, debt, tax credits, or any number of other things. Surely the primary business of the Church is religion, helping people to develop a relationship with God and to become part of the life of the Church. So why get involved in all these other issues? Well, we need to remember that the central…

New Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (Leeds) Plans Announced

This is taken from the Church of England’s publication “In Review“ The new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales: Leeds will come into being next Easter. A proposed ‘roadmap’ for the transition to the new diocese has been agreed by the Archbishop of York and Diocesan Bishops which includes celebrations to give thanks for each diocese (Ripon and Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield) as they come to an end with the birth of the new diocese. Key to the transition…

Forming a New Diocese

“May you live in interesting times” is an old phrase that is often attributed as a Chinese proverb. Here at Holy Nativity we are certainly moving into ‘interesting times’ as part of The Diocese of Wakefield. On Monday 8th of July the national governing body of the Church of England voted to go ahead with a scheme whereby our diocese will be dissolved along with Ripon and Leeds Diocese and Bradford Diocese. In its place a new larger diocese of…

Party in the Precinct – #Wakefield125

On Sunday, Holy Nativity climbed aboard a minibus and invaded Wakefield Diocese’s Party in the Precinct” at Wakefield Cathedral.  It is 125 years since the Diocese of Wakefield was created to serve the needs of West Yorkshire and with a newly refurbished Cathedral it was time to PARTY!! And what a party it was!  The Bishop of Wakefield, Right Reverend Stephen Platten opened proceedings with a giant cake.  As the old school jazz band led hundreds of people in singing…