Wednesday, 20 April 2011

West Yorkshire District

My West Yorkshire visit began with an evening meal with Rev Peter and Doreen Whittaker joined by guests from around the District.

Touchstone, Bradford
It was great to visit Touchstone and spend time with Rev Barbara Glasson, discussing the challenges of this unique city and the work here of listening, weaving stories and interfaith dialogue. Touchstone was established in 1989 as a Methodist presence in the city of Bradford. Weaving was once very common in Bradford, known as the 'wool capital of the world'. Today Touchstone is providing a place for the weaving of stories and and a place of listening. Touchstone has its own weaving loom (so does Barbara) here I am being taught by Barbara before visiting Bradford Cathedral.

Meeting Awais, a member of staff working with the surrounding communities, listening to her story was inspirational.

Barbara showed me this incredible building which Touchstone are praying might become their future home, providing more flexible accommodation to resource this incredible work.

Click here to visit the Touchstone website

Wesley Playhouse - Howden Clough Methodist Church
A new way of being church a play area and a cafe! This was amazing to visit, a congregation re-imagining how to engage with their communities in an unusual way. The Playhouse provides a fantastic environment for Messy Church and a monthly service for young families.

Click here to visit the Wesley Playhouse website
An added bonus was the Deacons of the West Yorkshire and Leeds District joining us for lunch.

A Noah's Ark Play Area in Church! -Great Fun!

The day ended enjoying a curry in one of the many Bradford Curry Houses with Rev Barbara Glasson before driving home to Newcastle.

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