Unity Post

Here we will publish newsletters sent to Churches Together and other blogs and correspondence. If you are a Churches Together & haven’t received a newsletter like this please send us details of yourselves and a contact e-mail


To Churches Together...EASTER 2017

Dear Friends

A Joyful Easter to everyone-  Christ is risen indeed-  Alleluia!

Since I sent a speedy e-mail at new year, to announce this new body, successor to WYEC, I have been through the old WYEC records and extracted and I hope updated the lists of  Churches Together.

We have 79 now on the list, but I know there are more- definitely so, as I have a very few where I have not yet found a contact e-mail. I will keep working on this and on locating any other CT’s


If you are receiving this and don’t know why- please let me know. If you are receiving this and someone else is the contact person- please let me know.

Importantly, if you have received this twice- which may mean that addresses have short-circuited and someone may have has missed- please let me know.

The next step is to publish on our website a list of Churches Together. If you want me to include a website address, please advise.

With Easter Greetings,

Nick Shields, Administrator WYCT

A bit about me: I am a Roman Catholic Deacon, ordained 20 years ago, then serving in both parishes in Wakefield. My Bishop released me to accept this appointment. I am also a retired Chartered Surveyor and was Property Manager for the former Diocese of Wakefield. Jane and I live in the city- we have two children and four grandchildren. I have held office in Churches Together in Wakefield for a number of years and was a member of the Christian Unity Commission for my diocese.

What goes on? 

If you have an event, regular or a one-off, we can publicise it here or on our website-address below.

For example, weekend my own Churches Together in Wakefield held its usual Good Friday Walk of Witness around the city Centre, (see below) with a United Service to conclude in Wakefield Cathedral.

In February we “borrowed” the Pax Christi Icon of peace which was used for prayer in two city churches over the weekend. 

Please send details and especially photos (online in jpg or jpeg format) of your own events (or wider) which we can circulate. These encourage other CT’s to hold events, meetings and so on.

Coming Events: REFORMATION 500 Saturday 20th May 2017, 10 am, Reformation Conference in Fulneck Settlement , Moravian Church and Fulneck School, West Yorkshire LS28 8NT. Its focus is in the music particularly hymnody. There will be three presentations: Lutheran, Moravian and Methodist. Preacher Rev Roger Walton

Saturday 21st November 2017 Lutherans up-north, Reformation Celebration in Headingley at St Columba’s URC church Leeds.1pm Preacher Bishop Emeritus Walter Jagucki

see also http://www.reformation500.uk


In cooperation with the local churches of the city, the international and interdenominational Taizé Community will be leading a young adult gathering in Birmingham over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28 April – 1 May, 2017. 600+ young adults have registered. People of all ages are welcome to the Taize Prayers during the weekend: the Prior of Taize and members of the community will be there. For details see www.taize.fr/birmingham



In September the two neighbouring Methodist Districts of Leeds and West Yorkshire will merge. More information in due course.

The Catholic Deanery of Dewsbury is reorganising and numbers of parishes (not necessarily churches) and parish priests will be significantly reduced.

Please pray for all affected by such changes


Need help or guidance?  The Administrator can help you over structural and constitutional matters- merging, creating or closing a Churches Together- together with the WYCT Denominational Ecumenical Officers: they can help especially with matters regarding LEPs*- if you are one: see the list of DEO’s on our website…. or contact the Administrator as below.

*Local Ecumenical Projects

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