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WYCT held its AGM on 15th March. The meeting was chaired by the convenor, Bishop Tony Robinson.

The main speaker was Bishop Alison White of Hull. She made an inspiring description of the “Believe in Hull” event which also provided some helpful reflections on the future of organisations such as WYCT including a more informal approach, based on personal relationships and friendship. 80 churches linked with the City of Culture initiative in Hull. Much use was made of social media …… or Facebook @webelieveinhull for more of the flavour of events. The intention- a shared Christian festival- is not original, but the approach is up to date.

Members also reported on activity in theIr churches or areas- work together, and church planting. Leeds Catholic Diocese has cleared its substantial debt
Roger Walton’s farewell is on 23rd July.
Thy Kingdom Come is getting under way for Pentecost: there are “Inspire and Enable” training events now and more details of Beacon Events will follow.
WYCT intends to run meetings or groups on Receptive Ecumenism later in the year.
*Receptive Ecumenism is essentially very simple. Instead of asking what other traditions need to learn from us, we ask what our tradition needs to learn from them, what we can receive which is of God.
The assumption is that if all were asking this question seriously and acting upon it, then all would be moving in ways which would both deepen our authentic respective identities and draw us into more intimate relationships
The goal of traditional ecumenism, visible unity through theological and ecclesial convergence, is put aside in favour of an ecumenism of mutual enrichment and self-examination

Chair Sought for Universities Chaplaincy Trust


An experienced and committed Chair is being sought for the Universities’ Chaplaincy in Leeds Trust.
The Chaplaincy serves four large, dynamic and differing institutions, the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Arts University and The University of Law, Leeds. The Chaplaincy Trust has responsibility for oversight, management, encouragement and support of an ecumenical chaplaincy team of full-time and part-time chaplains representing eight Christian denominations.
As Chair, you would provide active leadership of the Trust and be the main point of contact with denominational leaders and the senior management of the universities. You would have a commitment to Ecumenical Christian Chaplaincy and an understanding of its place in Higher Education. You would bring strategic awareness, management and team-building skills. The commitment is likely to be around 30 voluntary (part) days per annum.

For more details email
The Administrator, West Yorkshire Churches Together who are acting for the Trust
Revd. Nick Shields,
The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 12th April 2019. Interviews will take place in May.

WYCT Administrator’s Report for 2018/19

Meetings: Three Forum meetings have been held this year. One of these was an overnight at The Briery in Ilkley. This had spiritual input from Fr George Guyver from Mirfield and a showing of Summer in the Forest (A modern film about L’Arche) with input from Jody Gabriel who has worked at L’Arche and runs projects for people with disabilities. At another Forum we heard about ecumenical initiatives in Skipton.

We have also had a limited number of separate meetings for DEO’s -mostly concerning LEP’s- and an Away Day for DEO’s at the Carmelite Monastery at Wood Hall. CTE arranged a meeting for Northern Intermediate Bodies (like WYCT) at The Briery. I attended the CTE Triennial Forum at Swanwick (which was worthwhile) and the Jubilee meeting of the Association of Interchurch Families also at Swanwick. I also attended the Diocese of Leeds (A) Consultation on Prayer and Spirituality in June at Church House Leeds and two other meetings at Church House on the use of social media.
Despite we also propose to hold meeting(s) on Receptive Ecumenism in the autumn.

Preaching: Representing WYCT I was invited to preach at the annual service of Kirkburton Parish Church and its neighbours in July, and similarly at Wilsden in the autumn. Around Unity Week I preached at St John the Baptist Wakefield and Mirfield Churches Together (Salvation Army) I am quite happy to receive other invitations.

Communications: We operate a website and Facebook and Twitter pages. These are important to maintain a presence in the area. I also produce this occasional Newsletter which is e-mailed to church leaders and all the CT’s we know about.

Leeds University Chaplaincy will be reappointing a Trustees Chair this Spring and WYCT has to facilitate. We look forward to promoting “Thy Kingdom Com” at Whit.

Launch of the Leeds Lent Prayer Diary

Report on the Launch of the Leeds Lent Prayer Diary
26 February 2019
Dr Helen Reid, Director of Leeds Church Institute
The launch of the Leeds Lent Prayer Diary was an occasion to celebrate the Good News in, for and with Leeds. Bishop Paul Slater opened the gathering with prayer focussing on our calling to fully immerse ourselves in city life for the welfare of all. Duncan Stow of Horsforth Churches Together then spoke reminding us of the centrality and the power of the Cross, and calling on Christians of all denominations and churches to our common cause. He spoke from his own experience that we should not be daunted by the size of the need or the practical difficulties we face, but should celebrate the passionate people at the heart of seeking social transformation in our city.
There was time in the evening for people to visit a marketplace of stalls of Leeds Lent Prayer Diary Projects to find out more about them and think how they might connect with the work and pray for people. As there were 20 stalls and over 80 people attended, there was plenty of talk and a real buzz about the place. Some people also took the time to participate in a workshop based on research into ‘The Ingredients for Life Giving Ecumenical Mission in Leeds’. Full details of the report to be found at
Throughout the evening, the Leeds City Prayer Community prayed with us and for the city. People were also fed physically as well as spiritually with a fantastic vegan meal form Shine in Harehills. It was a vibrant evening of celebration and fellowship which will set us up for praying for our city in Lent.

Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham
Parish Administrator
10 hours per week

Do you want to make a difference? The recently formed Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham is at an exciting stage of development. We have created a new post of Parish Administrator to support and further the ‘one mission’ of our four churches.We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to take up this keystrategic position within our team. We need someone who will establish the church office and provide effective administrative support for the parish be a welcoming first point of contact for people. assist with the smooth running of the weekly services and occasional offices. -assist with effective communications such as weekly newssheets, websites and digital platforms. -be responsible for the efficient promotion and hiring out of community spaces. You must have excellent administrative, organisational and communication skills, and an ability to develop relationships with a wide range of people. For all further details, please download the application pack by visiting our website at Please apply using the application form. Closing date for applications: noon on April 1st 2019 Interview date: Tuesday April 9th 2019


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