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2007


Christmas services 
The Christmas Services brochure went to print Wednesday 28 November; distribution to TIC, hotels and shops on Monday & Tuesday 10/11 December; Christmas Service listings also available on this website. 
The Christian nativity scene displays can be seen in Princes Street and Commercial Street. Further donations welcome; more info available:backgrounddonation reply letterproposed lamp post poster.

Christmas poster. CTH joins with the gratitude and prayer of many across this area for the life and work of Rev Chad Varah

Network down...
Apologies for the lack of on-line communication from the CTH office over the weekend of 14-17 December due to 
Virgin Media / NTL network service problems.

Rock ConneXion
Saturday evening services have been cancelled for the remainder of this year with effect from 24 November 2007

One man and his God 
Rev Richard Kayes' book baring all on his times in Harrogate and Liverpool, along with Africa, India and Palastine, is now available from Authorhouse, ISBN 9781434312624.

Amnesty International Information packs available for sending greetings to recipients who include prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and the families of those who have 'disappeared' or been found murdered pursuing information or justice

Staff moves 
A warm welcome to Rev Olivia Lambert, licensed to serve as Associate Minister at St Mark's on Sunday 9 December

Vacancies, autumn 2007
Project Development Officer, Culture/ Heritage/Tourism Project, West Yorkshire NJC 31 (£25,320pa), three year fixed term, full time post based in Leeds, working throughout West Yorkshire, to promote the cultural, tourism & heritage potential of places of worship. Subject to CRB disclosure www.crc-online.org.uk. Closing Date: 3 December, interviews 18 December
Director of Music, Christ Church
: weekly parish Eucharist and choir practice with RSCM robed choir and rebuilt three manual pipe organ. RSCM scale and good fees; apply to Christ Church
Traidcraft shop, Harrogate: volunteers especially needed for Christmas for a couple of hours a week
HYPeR: a part time manger sought; more details on the HYPeR website; closing date 3 December 2007 
Receptionist
, Wellspring Therapy & Training: volunteer receptionists are sought to cover counsellors when they are working with clients
Roll the Rock: various part time volunteer posts; application forms on the Roll the Rock website
Ripon Methodist Circuit Support Manager (20hpw) based at Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Ripon. Assisting the Circuit Leadership Team to carry out its duties, in particular those related to Health & Safety and Administration. Good IT skills essential. Salary £8,320 pa plus benefits. Applications must be received by 30 November

Labyrinth - an ecumenical resourceThe Church House Trust-funded Labyrinth has been in use at Ripon Cathedral as part of a Year 7 retreat day.

Dennis Richards 
Congratulations to Dennis Richards OBE on receiving the Ted Wragg award for Life Time Achievement; pictured here during BBC filming for the programme at St Aidan's; the award was introduced by Dame Kelly Holmes and Jonathan Agnew (right).
The Church of England school head teacher parodied 1 Corinthians 13: "Now abideth football, rugby and cricket, but the greatest of these is cricket".
More info and background: Teaching AwardsSt Aidan's

Vacancies
Director of Music, Christ Church: weekly parish Eucharist and choir practice with RSCM robed choir and rebuilt three manual pipe organ. RSCM scale and good fees; apply to Christ Church office
Traidcraft shop, Harrogate: volunteers especially needed for autumn and Christmas for a couple of hours a week 
HYPeR: a part time manger sought; more details on the HYPeR website; closing date 26 October 2007 
Receptionist, Wellspring Therapy & Training: volunteer receptionists are sought to cover counsellors when they are working with clients

Richard Taylor Education Foundation funds disbursement 
This foundation exists for the purpose of providing educational benefits for ‘boys and girls resident in the Borough of Harrogate who, in the opinion of the Trustees, are in need of assistance'.
We have a relatively small sum of money to distribute each year. In the recent past we have helped primary age children attend short-term residential educational visits (eg to Bewerley Park) and have helped a few children receive special tuition when found to be dyslexic. We have also helped older children with educational ‘gap year' projects. The trustees meet each term.
Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Trustees.

Churches Together: Friday 28 September 2007Graham Kendrick at the Conference Centre (Map) supporting child charity Compassion, sponsored by Harrogate YfCe-cardThe Box Office remains open to 7:30pm on the night.
BBC Radio YorkGraham spoke with Elly Fiorentini on the Sunday Breakfast Show

Clergy moves 
St Mary's and All Saints are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev Mark Carey as their new vicar from 5 October 2007. Mark and Penny, with their children, move from Grenoside, Sheffield in the summer

Sunday 2 September greeted Rev Mark Godfrey as superintendant minister to the Methodist circuit with pastoral responsibility for Trinity and Harlow Hill, Rev Nick Witham as minister to Starbeck Methodist and Rev David Barker to serve as chaplain at Ashville College; the preacher was Rev Dr Elizabeth Smith, District Chair

Bilton Grange URC and Knaresborough URC are delighted to announce Rev Bob Jones as their new minister, pictured here with his wife Ann.

A sad farewell to Rev Canon John Colston, retiring on 30 September and Rev John Campbell, moving from head of RS at Rossett High to Silcoates in September.
Congratulations to Rev Jonathan Rhodes on his appointment as Priest in Charge to the Parish of St Aidan's with St Columba's, Hartlepool in the Diocese of Durham in early 2008
A warm welcome to those priested this Petertide, 1 July:
Rev Tim Burrell
, St Wilfrid's, 10:00am at St Wilfrid's 
Rev Sue Pearce
, St Robert's, Pannal
Rev Ralph Hudspeth
, Ripley, 6:30 Saturday 30 June 
Rev Caroline Falkingham
, St John's, Bilton

Staff moves 
A warm welcome to: Martin Wingrave as the new manager at Emmaus House 
Dan Jones and Rebekah Allen as youth workers at Harrogate New Life, to be married on 27 October 2007 
Sally Lodge, administrator, St Wilfrid's; prayers and best wishes as Sally commences ordination training; September 2007

Andy & Susie Hart - Neema Crafts new building 
News just in from the Harts on 4 September: "a contractor has finally been chosen to construct the new Neema Crafts building and will start preparing the site this very week. Thank you all for your patience, your prayers and your continued support. We wouldn't be in a position to construct the new building without you, so thank you from all of us!"

Richard Taylor Education Foundation funds disbursement 
This foundation exists for the purpose of providing educational benefits for ‘boys and girls resident in the Borough of Harrogate who, in the opinion of the Trustees, are in need of assistance'.
We have a relatively small sum of money to distribute each year. In the recent past we have helped primary age children attend short-term residential educational visits (eg to Bewerley Park) and have helped a few children receive special tuition when found to be dyslexic. We have also helped older children with educational ‘gap year' projects. The trustees meet each term.
Application forms are available from the Clerk to the Trustees.

CTH Office
The Secretary is unavailable from 6 - 16 August; please contact other members of the Exec

Anglican Funds for Youth Evangelism
The Ripon & Leeds Diocese has up to £17k to distribute to young people aged 11-20 (with direct links to an Anglican church) who have a plan for evangelism; it's not available for salaries, though

Live Earth Pledge"Personal commitment to stop climate change by acting in every part of our lives, from our own homes to our political systems"; website tying in with Live Earth concerts on 7/7/07

Issues that United and divide Pics from the Ripon Deanery Synod at Fountains Visitor centre available on our July 2007 page

Wesley Owen Harrogate news June/July 2007 
New opening times: 9-5 daily, 9:30am on Wednesdays 
Vacancy
: Welcome to Lesley Falkingham, new Senior Sales Assistant at Wesley Owen (Christian) Books and Music shop
Award: Harrogate branch was runner up Wesley Owen shop of the year at the latest Christian Media conference, with Julie Jowett awarded runner up manager

YfC appointment: Mark McKnight
The 
Trustees of Harrogate and District YfC are delighted to announce that Mark McKnight started as Centre worker on Monday 18 June 2007


HYPeR manager: Kelly Nevett
The Trustees of HYPeR have appointed Kelly Nevett as part time manager


'Looking to the future' with Rev David Deeks
Summary of the talk now available given by Rev David Deeks, General Secretary of the Methodist Conference at Wesley on Sunday 3 June.


Churches Together and Church House Trust AGMs: and the induction of Rev Canon Lawrie Hulme as president of Churches Together in Harrogate took place at St Aelred's on Wednesday 16 May. CTH AGM (now) and CHT AGM (soon) details available on this website.

27 May: Pentecost Sunday: Church in the Dale
3:00pm Inauguration service at Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall (Mapmarking the birth of the ecumenical work of the Church in the Dale. With Rt Rev James Bell, Rev Michael Townsend, Rev Arnold Harrison and Fr Michael Quinn.

Jubilee Debt Campaign
2 June around St Peter's. Lift The Lid on unjust loans and calling governments to account on their promises to cancel debts caused through irresponsible lending years ago. Church bells ringing out, and like those gathering at the rally in London, observing a minute's silence.Organised by the Harrogate & Knaresborough JDC

Tear Fund roadshow
23 May 2007 at St Mark's. Presentations on the Tear Fund 10 year vision at 4pm and 7pm with Kath Shortley, Tearcraft UK co-ordinator and Mike Chesterton, Tearfund's Northern Region Manager; more on Tearfund in Harrogate available on this website

No Smoking
Downloadable A5 No Smoking signs available from the NHS Smoke Free England website resources pages - including fact sheets in several languages. See also our 999 emergency signs page

HYPeR manager: Kelly Nevett
The Trustees of HYPeR have appointed Kelly Nevett as part time manager

HYPeR Vacancy 
Part Time manager; Experience of working with under-17's essential. To work up to 18 hours per week including school holidays. Closing date for application a Friday 25 May 2007 at 4pm. Interviews over the weekend.

Anglican Funds for Youth Evangelism
The Ripon & Leeds Diocese has up to £17k to distribute to young people aged 11-20 (with direct links to an Anglican church) who have a plan for evangelism; it's not available for salaries, though. 

 13-19 May: Christian Aid Week


Youth Cells.net
 website

A new website is being launched with info and links on Youth Cells and the network ministry of Pioneer Minister Rev Pete Askew with Fr Chris Angel after the St Aidan's and St John Fisher 2007 Leavers Assembly

Starbeck Methodist Church
New website from May 2007: www.StarbeckMethodistChurch.org.uk

Wesley Methodist Church
New website from May 2007: www.WesleyChapelHarrogate.org.uk

Conga at St Aidan's
Led by Andy Hart on Thursday 3 May, in aid of Neema Crafts building project; pics on our May page

YfC: Centre Director 
More details and application form downloadable from the YfC website; closing date: Monday 30 April

HYPeR: Part time Youth Centre Manager
£9,360pa, more details from the HYPeR office; closing date: 13 April

The Pannal Methodist story
Following the launch of the book 'Hilltop Heritage' by Rita Corbridge, a CD has been produced of the Celebrations - 'a unique mix of drama, music, amusing and poignant recollections vividly presented by members of Pannal Methodist Church, ministers and other good friends from Harrogate'. £4

2-4 May: New Wine Leaders Conference 
At the Harrogate International Centre. Speakers included Bill Johnson: "My prayer for this conference is for you to have courage"; more details on our May page.

WYEC Rev Dr Clive Barrett
Clive Barrett has been inducted as the County Ecumenical Development Officer for the West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council during the service of Repentance and Reconciliation at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds on 27 April, led by Rt Rev Arthur Roche, bishop of Leeds with preacher Rt Rev John Packer, bishop of Ripon & Leeds and prayers led by Rt Rev Walter Jaguki, bishop of the Lutheran church in Great Britain. Clive joins from the Church of St Cross, Leeds.  More pictures on our April page.

Charles McNutt
Retires with his last service on 8 July. Pics on our in July page.

The Pannal Methodist story
Following the launch of the book 'Hilltop Heritage' by Rita Corbridge, a CD has been produced of the Celebrations - 'a unique mix of drama, music, amusing and poignant recollections vividly presented by members of Pannal Methodist Church, ministers and other good friends from Harrogate'. £4

April Fools

A new summary page is now available on this website

Holy Trinity, Ripon: a warm welcome to Rev Mark Tanner and his family to Holy Trinity, Ripon. New office email from March 2007

Emergency Services : 999
With the Ambulance service using satellite navigation to respond to Emergency Calls, there is now a listing of postcodes for local churches on this website

22 March: Paul & Sheelagh Easby Licensing
7:30pm at St Andrew's with Rt Rev James Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough. Sister Sheelagh Easby CA and Captain Paul Easby CA were licenced as Community Outreach Workers working in the parish of Starbeck, supported by St Andrew's Church and Church Army. Further pics on the March 2007 page.

Our sincere apologies for interrupted website availability on 14/15 February due to unforeseen server issues.

26 February - 11 March, Fairtrade Fortnight
The Fairtrade shop in St Peter's, Harrogate (Map), is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a competition to design a logo for the shop. See also the new webpage for Tearfund Harrogate, including report on the visit of Phil Willis MP to Wesley Owen Harrogate

Tuesday mornings Healing hour at Har-Low-Gata Café Bar
From 10:00am; open to all - drop in for a coffee and even for prayer at the Har-Low-Gate coffee bar (Map) organised by Harrogate New Life

Clergy moves: Rev Thomas Yap, Rev Elizabeth Sewell & Rev Caroline Falkingham
Congratulations to Thomas as he moves in May to take up the post of Anglican Chaplain at the University of Essex in Colchester
A warm welcome to Rev Elizabeth Sewell of 
Harborough who is to be appointed Team Rector of the United Parish of Knaresborough and to Rev Caroline Falkingham, joining St John's, Bilton in May

Clergy news: Rev Pete Askew & Rev Catherine Clasen 
Congratulations to Pete and Catherine on the announcement of their engagement over the weekend of 25 February 2007: Rev Pete Askew, Chaplain at St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate and Pioneer Minister for the Youth Cell Network in the Archdeaconry of Richmond is engaged to be married to Rev Catherine Clasen (PCUSA). Their wedding will be on 11 August 2007 in North Carolina followed by a blessing in the UK in September.

Friday 23 February: Wesley Owen + Tear Fund charity of the year
12:00pm, with Phil Willis MP, marking Tear Fund as Wesley Owen's charity of the year, under the banner: 'Work a Miracle'.

 

Rev Dr Julian Cummins
It is with sadness that we report the sudden death, on Friday 9 February, of the Revd Dr Julian Cummins, aged 52, while on holiday. As well as serving on the Churches' Regional Commission and chairing the Yorkshire Church on Show committee, he was assistant priest in Bramley, Leeds. The funeral took place at Leeds Parish Church at 2:30pm, Thursday 22 February. More on the Anglican Diocesan website.

The Oak Tree Project 
The The ‘Oak Tree Project' is a new Government initiative which is part of the Partnership for Older People Projects

Downing Street Petitions 
Various petitions on the Downing Street website of interest to the faith community include: Preservation of C of E church buildings deadline 3 July 2007, Pro Faith Schools, deadline 29 June, countering Abolish Faith Schools; requesting Zero VAT for Charities 21 June 2007; Catholic opt-out on same sex adoption 26 January 2008; Exempt all faith adoption agencies 26 April 2007, Live Music - affecting schools as well as charity fund raising events, 11 June 2007 and:
Analogue radio mics, threatening the use of radio mics in churches and live music, 19 June 2007; the Musicians Union urge asking your MP to sign Andrew Mackinlay's Early Day Motion 531 calling for the government to intervene in Ofcom's plans for Analogue signals and asking for special dispensation for Radio Microphones; note: Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Phil WIllis has already signed this motion.  Draft business letter, background info on Public Consultation - closes on the 20 March.
Further petitions on the Downing Street website include ecological issues
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Staff vacancies, Wesley Owen
Volunteer staff were being sought by Wesley Owen in January 2007. Hours 10-4, for one day a week or fortnight to suit, with a £3 lunch allowance and staff discount.

WYEC Ecumenical Officer vacancy
Serving the wider Church in Yorkshire; 30 hours a week with a salary of £23,000pa. Secretarial support and existing office at Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 2BX. For an informal conversation, call the office on Thursday mornings. If you are a person of vision and imagination, then please apply! Application forms are available from the WYEC office. The closing date for applications is 14 February, expected interview dates: first week of March.

The Oak Tree Project 
The The ‘Oak Tree Project' is a new Government initiative which is part of the Partnership for Older People Projects

Street Pastors
Harrogate's Town Pastors now number some 30 volunteers who 'walk the streets' on Friday nights through until 3:00am, with a further half dozen people who kindly pray at the base, in addition to all those who pray for the ministry from their homes. The work is well received by the police; young ladies are being reasurred by the pastors' presence and young men are showing respect for the generosity of the volunteers. The volunteers are being lifted by "God encounters" and feel privilidged to help some of those who have become vulnerable.
The 
(winning) logo was produced by Ricky Bailey of Rossett School.

Stonefall Cemetery
Due to works involving the fitting of Mercury Filtration Equipment at Stonefall Crematorium, the Chapel will be closed 15-19 January, and possibly 5-9 February. The Chapel and Crematorium are expected to be closed 12-23 February; local churches and neighbouring crematoria will need to be used: York (Map)Lawnswood, Leeds (Map): Rawdon (Map):

Alpha in Bilton

7:15pm, St John's, Bilton, starting Wednesday 10 January. Suitable for those wanting to learn more about the Christian faith in a place where no question is too simple or too hostile! 

'Block the escalation in Iraq': AVAAZ
Some across the churches in the area have added their names to this on-line petition during January 2007

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