18th May 2013
Leeds Methodist Choir's 50th Anniversary Season
Leeds Methodist Choir has performed works from the oratorio repertoire extensively, alongside operatic choruses and other popular choral works, since its inception in 1964. For this special 50th Anniversary season they present a concert of all time favourite choral music from across a wide range of popular repertoire.
Opening with famous choruses from Handel, such as Zadok the Priest, they move through popular choral favourites by Haydn and Mozart, Purcell and Mendelssohn, to operatic gems from Verdi and Wagner. Then with a nod to the traditions of the Last Night of the Proms, there will be patriotic music in party mood from Elgar, Parry and Arne, and maybe a surprise or two, before coming up to date with music by Walton, Britten and even a living composer or two!
The choir of over 100 singers will be supported by the Lindley Brass Band, and joined by special guest soloists, with all under the watchful musical eye of their new conductor, Graham Coatman.
The choir will welcome new members—especially tenors and basses. There are no auditions and the choir sings from scores.
Registration and first rehearsal is on Tuesday 4 June 2013.
Rehearsals take place at Leeds Methodist Mission, Oxford Place, every Tuesday from 4th June until 10th September (including Tuesdays of Bank Holiday weeks), from 7.15 pm – 9.15 pm. (Hall open from 7.00 pm)
The concert will be is on Saturday 14 September 2013 at Leeds Town Hall at 7.30 pm (with a rehearsal in the afternoon from 2 pm - 5 pm)
Subscription rate for 2013 is £45.
For further details contact Mrs Margaret Appleyard, tel: 0113 257 6547
18th May 2013
Leeds District Children's Holiday 2013
Each year the District sponsors a holiday for children from the Leeds area who, because of their circumstances, would not otherwise enjoy a time away from home.
This year the organisers will be taking a group of twenty two children to Ashville College, Harrogate, from 3rd to 10th August, when a mixture of activities and trips will take place on site and around the area.
Churches across the district generously support the scheme in many ways. Others can help by:
- baking a cake – home baking is a real treat for snacks and suppers
- collecting suitable clothing for 7 – 11 year olds, especially underwear, t-shirts, swimwear, jeans and shorts
- collecting toys, books and games for quieter moments
- making a financial contribution.
The cost of taking 22 children on the holiday is about £6,500. This includes everything from accommodation and transport to ice creams and donkey rides. The cost of the holiday per child is about £300. Could your church or circuit consider sponsoring one child?
For further information and to arrange collection of contributions, please contact Susan Old
3rd May 2013
Spring Synod at Hunslet
The Leeds District Spring Synod met at Hunslet Methodist Church in the Leeds South Circuit. A very warm welcome was given.
The World Methodist Council Achieving the Vision Appeal was explained and members of synod were encouraged to respond to this in their churches and circuits. On 6th October the district and connexion will celebrate the beginnings of missionary work in Leeds which led to the formation of the Methodist Missionary Society. A blue plaque will be inaugurated before a service is held in Leeds Minster. Oxford Place Methodist Mission will also host an exhibition..
Various items of business were conducted including making several decisions about the future work at Oxford Place. The former Mission and Leeds South Circuits will combine to form a new circuit in September 2013 and at the same time, much of the city centre work will become a district project.
The Beamsley project continues to provide a suitable venue for holidays for groups of disabled people but it was agreed that regular worship should now cease. Worship is also to cease at Wilsill in the Pateley Bridge Circuit.
Those Local Preachers who have died were remembered in prayer and the Probationers report was warmly received. Later in the day tribute was paid to Rev Michael Townsend, the former Chair of District and it was announced that a district service of thanksgiving is being planned.
Rev Sean Adair (Director of Vocational Learning at the York Institute for Community Theology) gave a Keynote address on issues around The Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network.
He outlined the process to date and gave members of synod time to identify their own good and bad learning experiences. After reading Romans 12 he spoke of the aspirations and aims of the work going forward. He mentioned the recent announcement of the Common Awards through Durham University and its ecumenical nature.
Click here for the Synod Notices
Leeds District Children's Holiday
Spring Synod at Hunslet
Bicentenary of Missions
Yorkshire Church Leaders Visit Corrymeela
Leeds North & East Circuit
CHILDREN’S & FAMILY WORKER
Fixed term Contract for 3 years from 1/9/2013
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Part-time 3-year Community Link Coordinator Post at Skipton
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St Wilfrid Lectures 2013
Who Is My Neighbour? Expressions of 21st Century Community
A series of monthly lectures from February to October at Ripon Cathedral
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Harrogate HG2 7SG
Saturday 18th May, 7-30pm
’A Musical Extravaganza’
Come and Join us and enjoy an evening of Song - and Music for Organ and Piano - 7-30pm
Tickets £5-00 Contact Ernest 01423-889560 ‘Or Pay at the Door’
Choral Concert - The Alan Cuckston Singers
Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm
Headingley Methodist Church
David Wilks (Organ)
A rare mix of Elizabethan, Baroque, Victorian and Modern items
Leeds and West Yorkshire Friends of LWPT
CHANGING WORLD CHANGING CHURCH
with Deacon Vicki Atkins followed by a District Communion Service written by the Revd Andrew Atkins.
A unique occasion for all Local Preachers and Worship Leaders, and all interested in worship
on Saturday 22ndJune 2013 at 3.30 pm at Newlands Methodist Church, Albert Drive, Morley, Leeds LS27 8SG
(Bring your own packed tea)
22nd April 2013
Bicentenary of Methodist Missions in Leeds
On Sunday, 6th October 2013 the Leeds Methodist District and Methodist Connexion will be celebrating 200 years, to the very day, of the beginnings of Wesleyan Methodist missionary work in the Leeds area which, with other societies, later became the Methodist Missionary Society.
At 2.00 pm Inauguration of a blue plaque near the Leeds Playhouse, by the President-Designate of the Methodist Conference, the Revd. Ruth Gee.
At 3.00 pm, a Celebration Service in Leeds Minster, with the address given by the Vice-President-Designate of the Conference, Dr Daleep Mukarji. Taking part will be people from the District, from the Methodist Connexion and visitors from the World Church.
There will also be a book launch of a World Church history written by the Revd John Pritchard.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be served after the service. An exhibition will be held in the Oxford Place Methodist Mission leading up to, and after, this day. Everyone is very welcome to attend these events. If you would like to be a steward or to help in any other way, please contact Mrs Pamela Turner, telephone 0113 232 0465.
23rd April 2013
Yorkshire Church Leaders Learn About Peacemaking at Corrymeela
A group of senior West Yorkshire church leaders has returned from a joint pilgrimage to Corrymeela, County Antrim, having learned of the Northern Ireland experience of peacemaking and reconciliation.
The group included the Chairs of the Leeds and West Yorkshire Methodist Districts, the Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, two Anglican bishops, a Lutheran bishop, , the United Reformed Church Moderator for Yorkshire and a pastor representing African-Caribbean churches.
Corrymeela is a Christian community helping to build relationships between different groups, peoples and churches. It has been closely associated with peace-building for over forty years, including the period of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. It continues to work for lasting reconciliation between different communities.
The visit included engagement with churches in the most polarised areas of Belfast, as well as meeting with the Revd Harold Good, a Methodist minister who oversaw the decommissioning of IRA weapons.
The leader of the group was the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, and chair of West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC). He said, “Not only has this visit strengthened relations between Christian leaders, it will also help the churches in West Yorkshire to engage more constructively with people of other faiths.” Bishop Robinson added, “I would recommend Corrymeela to church groups across Britain”.
The Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, sometime President of the Methodist Conference and the current Leader of Corrymeela, said, “I was delighted to welcome West Yorkshire Church Leaders to Corrymeela. Such visits are a great encouragement to us. Corrymeela is keen to strengthen links with Churches in Britain. I want to see more church members of all denominations becoming friends and supporters of Corrymeela. Continue to pray for our work of reconciliation, and come and see us.”
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Back row (left to right):
The Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator of the Yorkshire Synod of the United Reformed Church; Pastor Gloria Hanley, West Yorkshire African Caribbean Council of Churches; The Revd Inderjit Bhogal, Leader and Chief Executive of the Corrymeela Community; The Revd Harold Good; The Revd Dr Liz Smith, Chair of the Leeds District of the Methodist Church; The Rev Mgr Michael McQuinn, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds; The Revd Dr Clive Barrett, West Yorkshire Ecumenical Development Officer
Front row (left to right):
Marian Walton; The Revd Dr Roger Walton, Chair of the West Yorkshire District of the Methodist Church ;The Rt Revd Walter Jagucki, Bishop of the Lutheran Church of Great Britain; The Rt Revd John Packer, Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds; The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Anglican Bishop of Pontefract; Chair, WYEC.
Death of Michael Townsend (16 Mar 2013)
Ash Wednesday Prayer (8 Feb 2013)
Call for Tax Justice (30 Jan 2013)
Lent Prayer Diary (24 Jan 2013)
Leeds Food Banks (25 Jan 2013)
Peter Grubb MBE (2 Jan 2013)