Please note that the District Office will be closed
until March 31st.
Libby the Administrator writes:
I am having knee joint replacement surgery on Wednesday morning (Feb 12) and expect to be in hospital for 3 - 5 days. After that I plan to be hopping around as usual but won't be taking the bus to Oxford Place for few weeks.
Please continue to send e-mails to me
You can also contact me by telephone on 01274 615 365
31st January 2014
Death of the Revd Neil Dixon
Methodists throughout the District will be saddened to hear of the death of the Revd Neil Dixon, who was the Superintendent Minister at Oxford Place before moving to Darlington in 2005. In 2010 he returned as a supernumerary minister in what is now the Wharfedale and Aireborough Circuit, and has been living in Shipley.
A notice in the Methodist Recorder reports that he died on 21st January, aged 66 years. He 'died peacefully with family; much-loved hisband of Julie, father of Thomas and Emily, and grandfather. Service of thanksgiving at Guisely Methodist Church, Thursday, Februaru 6, 1 pm, followed by refreshments at the church. Family flowers; donations for Cancer Research UK may be sent to H H Birch and Son, Bingley Road, Shipley BD18 4BG.'
Neil was a noted expert in liturgy and hymnology, a contributor to the compilation of Hymns and Psalms and the Methodist Worship Book, and the author of several books, the most frequently used of which is his volume Praying with the Scriptures in the Companion to the Revised Common Lectionary Series. Few Methodists will be aware of how often a Methodist service begins with prayers of adoration and confession written by Neil.
28th January 2014
Death of the Revd Paul Breeze
Liz Smith, Chair of District, writes:
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death of Revd Paul Breeze, a URC Minister who has been serving at the church in Rawdon which is an LEP between URC, Methodists and Baptists. I forward the URC Synod notice below, concerning funeral arrangements.
Please note that the family have requested there be no clerical dress worn by those attending.
We hold Paul's family, church members at Rawdon, and Paul's colleagues very much in our prayers.
Following the sudden but peaceful death of the Revd Paul Breeze on Monday 20th January, there will be a service of thanksgiving at Trinity Church, Rawdon, Leeds (LS19 6AS) on Monday 3rd February at 1.30 pm. No flowers by request, but donations would be appreciated, if made, for the Cardiac Intensive Care Trust Fund (Leeds General Infirmary) and Inn Churches Bradford. A collection will be available at the service or may be sent c/o H.H. Birch & Son Ltd, Bingley Road, Nab Wood, Shipley, BD18 4BG.
There will be a further opportunity to celebrate Paul’s life later in the year and details of this will follow as they are known.
All the family wish to express their thanks and appreciation for all the prayers and support they have received from so many people far and wide which has been a great source of comfort and strength at this difficult and sad time.