First Resource Church launched for Diocese of Leeds

Revd Mark Harlow has now moved to St Paul’s Ireland Wood, from his role as curate at St George’s, Leeds - recently designated as the diocese’s first Resource Church. In this video Mark explains his excitement for this new post. The church plant at St Paul's, Ireland Wood, is part of an exciting initiative for church growth and part major funding bid for the Diocese to be considered by the Church Commissioners. The new Diocesan Strategy aims to create a total of five Resource Churches across the Leeds Episcopal area, including St George’s. Resource Churches are backed by the Church Commissioners as part of the nationwide Renewal & Reform programme as they “intentionally resource mission across a city, by planting and revitalising churches, developing leaders and providing other resources for mission”. Committed teamwork is key to success and 45 members of St George’s go with Mark and his wife Kathryn (who will be Associate Priest) to swell the St Paul’s congregation, where Sunday attendance is currently some 25 worshippers. Read more here.  

Welcoming families with additional needs at Christ Church Armley

Representatives from churches across the diocese have been meeting together to examine  ways to help churches become more welcoming to families with additional needs.  A ground-breaking gathering of disability representatives at Church House, the Leeds office of the Diocese of Leeds heard some of the difficulties facing families who have children with disabilities and additional needs and how sometimes churches are ill-equipped to offer support. As part of the morning a film was shown at the meeting, made at Christ Church, Armley  where the congregation has developed facilities to help those with additional needs. Several members of the congregation talked about the need to welcome young people with additional needs as full members of the church.  Watch a two minute extract from the film here..

Promoting peace in Leeds

This week, which has been designated as Interfaith Week, two Anglican churches in Leeds joined forces with a synaogue to put on an event together designed to promote peace. Parish churches St Martin’...
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