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A list of Town Centre 2003 Christmas Services leaflet was available from the Tourist Information Centre (Map), many Council offices, Woodfield Day Centre, the Conference Centre, Pump Room Museum, Mercer Art Gallery, Traidcraft and these hotels: Cairn, Cedar Court, Crown, Swallow St George, Grants, Majestic, Moat House, Old Swan, Ruskin, Studley, Hornbeam Travel Lodge and The Yorkshire, along with hotels on Franklin Road, King's Road and Valley Drive. St Peter's and Wesley churches and the Arcardia music shop also had a supply.

HYPeR School Holiday Opening Hours
HYPeR opened its doors on 22, 23 & 24 December from 10-5. 27 December 6pm-10; 29, 30, 31 December 10-5. 2 January 10am-8pm, 3 January 6pm-10.

State of Grace - the next steps: Symbol of Power
Following the sacred dance workshop in June 2003 (led by State of Grace) a group has now started working together to present worship in dance. Although in the early stages (and with small but growing repetoire at the moment) this group are offering to integrate their first expressions with worship in church services and at the On Fire conference held at Ashville College in mid-November last year and various Christmas services..

Harrogate Junior Chamber Toys for Christmas
This year's collection of toys by the Harrogate Junior Chamber will shortly be available for needy homes locally

Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
Samaritans Purse International Relief would welcome more filled shoeboxes and links with churches here

Pics (Autumn 2003) 

The Churches Together button has wider links with further pics of churches in villages close to Ripon, Boroughbridge, Knaresborough and Harrogate.

Marketing Archive: events and reports on past and future marketing initiatives, including the Christmas 2003 Radio campaign - more details, pics and links are now available.

28 - 30 November: Grove Road Christmas Tree Festival (Map)
Programmes £1.00 at the door. Proceeds to HYPeRBerwick Grange & church funds. Various events including: Friday 28 November, 7.30 pm: Opening Service followed by Cheese & Wine (tickets £3.00). Saturday 29 November, 7.30pm Concert by the Highside Singers from Kirkby Malzeard.

Copies of Graham Kendrick’s ‘Rumours of Angels’ requested by friends at Woodlands Methodist Church for this Christmas. Six more scores requested - and furnished by 27 Noivember. Thanks to all from Alison Heal.

25 November: HYPeR AGM
at HYPeR, 8pm. All welcome to hear of the good work and to support its future medium term development. The venue has been open daytime during the holidays Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - good news. David Henthorne has asked for prayer for HYPeR: specifically for administration help, finances. The HYPeR website has recently been updated.

1 and 15 November: Anglican-Methodist Covenant
This welcome move of both the Anglican and Methodist churches to closer co-operation and loving unity met a climax on Saturday 1 November as the Covenant document was signed in Westminster. Local initiatives continue to bear the fruit of synergistic action, working together with the love and prayerful support of the wider church in the area. The prayers of all are most especially welcomed on the 1 November and beyond

14-15 November: On Fire: Christian conference for all
Workshops, seminars, worship, Bible exploration, an exhibition and fringe events for all ages, at Ashville School, Harrogate, organised by the Methodist Circuit here in Harrogate. A full mix including worship led by the Northumbria Community, the band Replenish live for the "teenage" concert on Saturday night and many speakers from the national circuit.

12 November: Churches Together Annual Assembly
7:30pm. Looking at communication - both listening and responding - with contributions from Jean McQuarry (Advertiser series), Rev John Carter (Anglican Diocesan Communications Officer), Phil Willis MP and others. All welcome at West Park United Reformed Church, Map. A summary was made available.

Vacancy: Part Time Administrator
Wesley Methodist Church in Harrogate are looking for an administrator to manage day to day activities, organise lettings and events, co-ordinate committee activities and implement church policies. Contact the Administrator at Wesley for more info and an application pack for this 18 hour, £7K - £8½K post: Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP; closing date in early November.

Paperworks (collating church magazines amongst many other good works) have been moving offices to Unit 103, Hammerain House, Hookstone Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 8ER

Branchlines moves on - open and closing dates
Keeping the name "Branchlines" while Wesley Owen take over on 6 November. Evelyn continues as manager in the interim and all staff will continue to provide their cheerful service under the Wesley Owen umbrella.
Closed for stock take: Thursday 6 & Friday 7 November. Re-opened 
Saturday 8 November with new hours 9am - 5:30pm.

Bilton Grange URC celebrate their 75th anniversary over the weekend of 31 October - 2 November.

28 October: + Fr Ted Swinnerton
Mark Sowerby wrote to advise that there will be a Requiem Mass at St Wilfrid's (Map) on Tuesday 28th October at 1:00pm for Fr Ted Swinnerton, formerly Vicar of Barnacre with Calder Vale in the Diocese of Blackburn. Fr Ted exercised a post-retirement ministry from St Wilfrid's and St Luke's.

24 October: Banner Workshop
for On Fire: 9:30am until lunchtime at Woodlands Methodist (Map). Finishing off the good work already done..

12 October: YFriday, St Mark's
Organised by United Gigs. Tickets are £5, 350 SOLD OUT in advance. Next gig: 12 March 2004: thebandwithnoname.

10-12 October: Faithworks Conference, Eastbourne
Faithworks write to say that there is still time to join Tony Campolo, Jackie Pullinger, Steve Chalke and hundreds of church leaders and individual Christians who are eager to explore how they can have a 'faith for the 21st Century'. Tony Campolo adds "No delegate to the Faithworks Conference will go home without having been motivated and resourced to use whatever time and faith they have to meet the needs of those around them". More info: www.faithworks.info/conference.

20 September - 5 October: British Food Fortnight / Harvest Festival
Billed as a national celebration of our regional food and drink, British Food Fortnight events have been timed especially to coincide with Harvest Festival services across Britain - promoted in their literature.

Amina Lawal and others: petitions and emails (dated 10 May, updated 26 September)
A verdict of Not Guilty has been awarded at the ajourned hearing of Amina Lawal's appeal, postponed to 25 September 2003. According to her defence lawyer, Amina Lawal was freed on the grounds that neither the conviction nor the confession were legally valid - quoted on the Amnesty website. While the news is good in this case, others will still benefit from our prayers. A full page on this Churches Together in Harrogate website includes views from some of the organisations involved, including clarification on the email and petition campaign.

Branchlines Autumn Sale is over. (30 September 2003).

30/31 August: Ian McCormack - Back from the dead
Ian McCormack's visit to Harrogate was welcomed by around 1,000 folk at three separate events. Find out more about Ian from his website.

Methodist Romania Trip 2003
News in from Ripon following a recent fund raising event (over £1,000 on the day) to go towards the work in Romania. Leaving 2 August and back by 20 August, more than a dozen folk are taking God's love and an articulated truck packed with clothes, toys and more for the people of Hirlau, the surrounding villages, local schools and two kindergartens. More info from the secretary of Churches Together in Ripon.

Andy & Emma Wilson are the proud parents of Grace Elizabeth, born Monday 4 August - congratulations!

BBC Radio North Yorkshire 2003The Hon Secretary was interviewed by Adam Tomlinson, BBC Radio York's Sunday programme presenter about the development of this website on the 20 July programme. A full transcript was available.

International Students: accomodation request (dated September 2003): Can you offer board and lodgings? This month, a number of International Students will be starting courses at Harrogate College. The students are aged from 16 to 22 and would need bed, breakfast and an evening meal. The fee paid for this will be £85 per week. Rev David Arblaster and the college are looking for short and longer term lodgings. If you can help any of the students (many of whom are sponsored by Christian churches or other faith communities)... 

Tuesday 8 July: The GM Debate - your say

The opportunity for local debate at Wesley Chapel, Harrogate. The panel of speakers included Dr Sue Mayer (Genewatch), Prof David Cove (University of Leeds) and Robert Greensit (GM Trials farmer). A summary of key points was made available.

Entertainment Licensing Laws
The secretary has heard that the third reading of the Licensing Bill in the Commons on Monday 16 June; it is understood that the government has shifted its position on very few points and if it goes through in its present form it will be very restrictive for live music. Prayer support is invited accordingly.

 Sunday 8 June, 6:30pm: Churches Together, Induction of President
St Mark's, Leeds Road, Harrogate. The Local Area ecumenical service, which included the induction of Rev Paul Hooper as the new President and Humph Baker as secretary; rev Shaun Swithenbank preached: "Getting our hands dirty".

Sunday 8 June, 3pm: Pentecost at Fountains Abbey
This 45 minute service draws many from across the region - despite the rain! Music from Daleside Singers and St Aidan's school Concert Band. Travel directions 
available from their website. Map

Friday 30 May: Jubille Debt Campaign Prayer Vigil
Timed to start immediately before the G8 Forum 2003 in Evian-les-Bains, France at Wesley, Harrogate, which was open for prayer from 7:30pm to 9pm.

The Church at the heart of the Community: Steve Chalke and Faithworks (17 May) 
The Church of St John and St Luke, and Harrogate Churches Together, presented an evening of worship with Steve Chalke, writer, broadcaster and the director of Faithworks. A summary was made available of Steve's talk.

Amina Lawal and others: petitions and emails (dated 10 May)
Various agencies are working to fight the injustice in these truly tragic situations. A full page on this Churches Together in Harrogate website includes views from some of the organisations involved, including thoughts on the email and petition campaign (in circulation from May 2003).

Lent Lunches - The Bible and me
... concluded with Rev Clare MacLaren (one of her last engagements in Harrogate before moving to Leeds); all talk summaries are now published.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - prayer pointers (April)
In view of the problems encountered with Atypical Pneumonia across the world, places of worship (such as St John's cathedral) have decided to take common sense precautions until a medical "all-clear" is issued. Measures include receiving Communion "in one kind only" - just the bread, and avoiding shaking hands during the Peace. Pray for wisdom for medical and governmental authorities as well as for those affected and the people supporting them; please also remember with thanks those returning to schools in Harrogate and the surrounding area.

Bible Society News & Prayer Request (dated 4 April)
The proposed Bible Society visit to Egypt has had to be postponed following advice received from BSE (Bible Society of Egypt). The continuing conflict with Iraq has heightened tensions throughout the Middle East and much anti-western sentiment is being expressed. Please pray:
* that God would protect the Christians throughout the region who are very much a minority group.
* for the work of BSE that their programmes and initiatives to promote the Bible will continue during this time. Ask that they may have increased opportunity to share the Bible and the truth of the message it contains. Bible Society appreciates your support.

Linking Churches and Schools
WYEC advise that an excellent booklet called Linking Churches and Schools which has just been published by Churches Together in England. You can get 1-19 copies by sending two first-class stamps to CTE