Bishop Helen-Ann

The Story of Christmas with Carols

Following the success of last year’s sell out production, we are delighted to announce that The Story of Christmas with Carols is returning to Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 1 December at 7.30pm.

The Story of Christmas promises to be a superb theatrical production of the timeless and inspiring Christmas Story, led by a guest narrator Chris Chittell from ITV’s Emmerdale, a cast of actors, dance, music and singing from Ripon Cathedral Choir in the most incredible and ancient building where the wonder of Christmas has been shared for over 1300 years.

Christmas Gift and Food Fair

The greatest Christmas Fair in Yorkshire returns for another big year!

Join us on Saturday 24 November from 9.30am – 4.30pm at Ripon Cathedral. Still only £3 entry, children are free.

With fun for all the family including meeting Santa in his grotto, over 80 stalls helping you find that perfect gift. Enjoy fresh turkey sandwiches and mulled wine whilst enjoying seasonal music performed live throughout the day. This event is bound to get you in the festive spirit and is not to be missed!

Creationtide - A thought from Bishop Helen-Ann

Creationtide, a month-long celebration of God’s wonderful natural world runs throughout the month of September until 4th October.  Churches across the diocese have been running special services, exciting events and prayers to celebrate Creationtide, otherwise known as the ‘Season of Creation’. It is a period in the official Church of England calendar dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. The season is taking place to encourage Christians throughout the Anglican community to give thanks for the God’s creation and put practices in place to help improve the environment.  The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon offers her thoughts on this special time of the year and gives thanks for those who work within agriculture in the Diocese of Leeds. If your church wants to get involved in this years ‘Creationtide’ then find some useful resources on the national Creationtide website, including an actions and reflection sheet. Other useful ideas and resources can be found here on the Diocese of Leeds Environment page. Jemima Parker the Diocesan Environment Officer is also available to be contacted for advice and support. 
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