My programme for the Leeds District!
Saturday 6th. October Arrival at 11:43 in Harrogate. 1pm. – Signing of the Area Partnership with the Ripon and Leeds Diocese, Trinity Methodist Harrogate, Act of Worship followed by refreshments.
Sunday 7th. October 10:30am – Morning Worship Wesley Chapel Harrogate, 150th. Anniversary, followed by lunch and early afternoon talk. 6pm. Pontefract Central Methodist 60yrs, Jubilee Celebrations
Monday 8th. October 10am – 3pm – Leeds Bradford International Airport Chaplaincy Visit. 7:30pm – District Forum Night at Oxford Place
Tuesday 9th. October 12pm – Lunch with the Supernumerary Ministers from the District at Guiseley Methodist Church
Hardly drawing breath from Kingswood School in Bath I found myself travelling North to the Leeds. Those familiar with trains will have their favourite routes, and it’s a good journey to Leeds from London. Liz Smith the Chair is currently off duty, poorly and so I was met by the Acting Chair, Julian Pursehouse. Our first task was to be part of a covenant signing between the Anglicans and Methodists. It was a short and excellent service – and to everyone’s delight Liz was able to do the Methodist part of the signing – a fitting thing given how much work she had put into the process. Our hopes and prayers are with the District and the Diocese as the new mission possibilities this careful diplomacy will release. www.leedsmethodist.org.uk
Below - The Bishop of Ripon & Leeds (John Packer)and the Chair of the Leeds Methodist District(Liz Smith) sign the agreement. Behind them stand the Bishop of Knaresborough (James Bell), the Acting Chair of the Leeds District (Julian Pursehouse) and your friendly blogger.
|Reverend Jacob Kaiga|
I had an extraordinary day at the Leeds Bradford airport – with Nick Baker – which I’ve written about in the Recorder. Chaplaincy ‘works’ – in that we not only ‘serve and make contact’ with people we simply don’t see coming through the doors of our church, but that we empower and enable others to be involved in a distinctly missionary activity which honours those among whom we serve, and encourages some of the values, hopes and dreams of the Gospel to flourish.
There was a good turnout at Guisley on Tuesday for another excellent lunch and service. Among our Supernumerary ministers there are a number of concerns about ‘where the church is going’, not least issues around a recent rise in rents for the Methodist Minister Housing Association houses and of course the radical decisions of Conference. I think my main job is to listen and promise to feed back to those who might have a say in such matters. However, besides the anxiety about where things are going, there is also an incredibly passionate belief in the Church and the possibilities we face. Ministers who have officially ‘sat down’ are often an increasingly important part of the very ‘un sat down church’. There is a need, I suspect, to reflect on this more – and create space in our thinking that allows continuing ministry to be recognised and honoured in a more coherent and consistent way. www.guiseleymethodistchurch.co.uk/