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WYCT Newsletter R 0818


New General Secretary for CTE


Churches Together in England (CTE) has  made a new appointment:
The Revd Dr Paul Goodliff has been appointed General Secretary.
He will take up his appointment in September following the retirement of Revd Dr David Cornick, who says, ‘It is very good news indeed that the leadership of CTE will be in such capable hands as the churches of England build on their excellent relationships and reflect on ways in which they can collaborate in mission together.’
Paul is presently co-minister of Abingdon Baptist Church, having served previously as General Superintendent of the Baptist Union’s Central Area, and then as the Baptist Union’s Head of Ministry. He is well known as a lecturer and is the author of books on pastoral care, the theology and psychology of shame, and most recently, a study of ministerial formation and virtue ethics, Shaped for Service (2017). Widely experienced ecumenically, Paul has been a member of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group since 2000.

 Remembrance 2018: the end of WWI

From Captain Jim Currin CA of CTE
Many of you will know that there has been a coordinating group hosted by Hope Together collating various partners, including some member churches of CTE, to provide resources as we remember WWI.
It has been a privilege to represent CTE around the table, not least as I know many hundreds of local groups of churches will be working together in the next few months, often in partnership with schools, Local Authorities, British Legion etc. so I am now reporting a significant development for you and your own intermediate and local networks to pass on.

The particular development, is that many churches and individuals will be promoting prayer together for peace, hope and reconciliation, during the 100 days that will run up to November 11th from August 4th. This replicates a call for prayer from King George V that preceded the Armistice in 1918 and for which new devotional material has been produced for use each day. You can read about the 100 days, and the resource, from the Hope mailing (below this email), being sent out today.
At the end there is a link to see the original 1918 service – thanks to the Archive of the Methodist Church.
Before that link will find many key resources that are being made available through the dedicated website today: These include the facsimile soldiers Gospels produced in 2014, alongside many new resources that includes the booklet Silence, a film from Bible Society of the text used in Memorial Services, CofE Liturgies and prayers, School  lesson plans, group discussion material, and more resources to be added.

Do keep check on the Remembrance 100 website. Alongside this new material is being added to the website that serves all our churches for Christian enquiries: Do please keep promoting that for people who want to find out more about our faith and issues like peace, hope and reconciliation.

Specialist Volunteer Befrienders

a new initiative in West Leeds working closely with the MHA Live at Home Schemes in Horsforth, Farsley and Pudsey.

We have been asked to circulate the following – of special interest to churches in NW Leeds- please click to open

MHA Live at Home – Community Support Project Poster

St Robert of Knaresborough and the Making of a Saint

16th June 2018 10am – 3.00pm at St John’s, Knaresborough

1218 is the 800th anniversary of the death of St Robert of Knaresborough, aka Robert Flower, son of a C12th mayor of York. The Ripon Support Group of the Anglican Centre in Rome has arranged a day in Knaresborough “to examine the shared heritage of the saints and what it means to be a truly whole human being”. Local historian Peter Lacey will speak about “The Life and Times of St Robert; and the theme of “A Great Cloud of Witnesses: Theologies of Sanctity; Theologies of Healing” will be addressed by Dr Ruth Beckett, a writer, teacher, historian theologian, tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York.
This is a chance to learn more about the Anglican Centre in Rome as well as to look at how saints are part of the common history of the Churches.
The day, with teas/coffees, will cost £15. More details – click here


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CTE 2018 this attractive leaflet tells you a lot about CTE…