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Together november 2013

News from

the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds

In the footsteps of St. Paulinus

Clive steps down

More than a hundred supporters, family and friends lined the banks of the River Swale near Richmond in North Yorkshire last month to witness an historic open air baptism service.

Clive Sedgewick, who became Director of Education for both the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds and the Diocese of Bradford in 2003, has announced that he will step down from his post at the end of the year. The Revd Sedgewick (57), who was appointed to build a single professional education team across the two dioceses is to become Priest in Charge for the Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick, to the north-east of Leeds.

Bishop James Bell wades into the Swale for open-air baptisms

The Bishop of Knaresborough, Rt Revd James Bell, baptised eleven members of local churches in the waters of a river which was once known as the Holy River of St. Paulinus close to the spot where, according to

the Venerable Bede, St. Paulinus carried out mass baptisms in the 7th century.

A variety of baptism techniques were employed at the service from full immersion to sprinking with river waterfor younger or more timid candidates. The service began with the Blessing of the River, though Bishop James admitted that

Director of Education to resign in January

Clive will step down three months before the dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield are dissolved and the creation on Easter Day 2014 of the new Diocese of (Continued on Page 2) theologically he was still unsure whether it applied to the location of the river, Brompton on Swale caravan park, or the waters which would be flowing through during the service. (Continued on Page 2)

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Cathedral welcomes Muslim lecturer Issues of Islamaphobia, racism, class and culture were placed under searching and scientific scrutiny when Professor Tahir Abbas, Professor of Sociology at Fatih University, Istanbul gave the latest St Wilfrid lecture, “Getting to know your muslim neighbour: between race, class, ethnicity and culture” at Ripon Cathedral last month.

the obstacles facing Muslims wishing to be part of British

Professor Abbas presented a large Cathedral audience, which included both students and those with a military background, with a thorough and wide ranging analysis of



Clive Sedgewick

(Continued from Page 1) The two local vicars, Yvonne Callaghan and Lindsay Southern, donned wetsuits to join Bishop James in the cold waters - the culmination of a Heritage Open weekend which saw a wide variety of activities taking place in the area’s historic village churches.

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Revd Yvonne Callaghan is vicar of Easby With Skeeby, Brompton on Swale and Bolton on Swale. The churches joined forces for the event with St Anne’s Church, Catterick Village where the Vicar is Revd Lindsay Southern. II

issues of race, class, ethnicity and culture. “What I provide here are my perceptions as a scholar of ethnic studies and Muslims in the West.” Professor Abbas’s lecture is part of the 2013 series of St Wilfrid lectures, Expressions of 21st Century Expressions of Community.

Professor Abbas told the Cathedral audience that his background gace him a particular perspective on the

In a letter to headteachers, staff, governors and colleagues he said, “It is now more than ten years since I joined the dioceses with a brief to build a single professional education team across the two dioceses. At the time this was a unique decision on behalf of the Boards of Education and one which provided wonderful opportunities for a creative approach to the mission of church schools.” He adds, “It has been a privilege to work with our family of church schools with their

This month Professor Ted Cantle will give the St Wilfrid Lecture on November 7th, speaking on “Making neighbours of the people of the world: from Multiculturalism to Interculturalism.” The lecture is free and starts at 7pm.

distinctive Christian approach to education. The work you do contributes to children now and to the opportunities available to them in the future. Bishop John said: “Clive has been a distinguished Director of Education who has brought together the education work of the dioceses of Bradford and Ripon and Leeds. He has expanded the diocesan support of church schools and provided encouragement for head teachers, governors and staffs in a complex period of national education development. We wish him well in his new parish responsibility.”

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Churches gear up for the Tour de France It was standing room only at Christ Church Harrogate last month for Le Tour, le Church, le Welcome, an evening for churches on or near the route of the Tour de France which next year starts in Yorkshire. More than 180 church leaders from as far afield as Homfirth, Keld, Kettlewell and York came together to share ideas at an evening led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, James Bell, and a team from Welcome to Yorkshire. The Tour de France is the world’s second biggest sporting event (after football’s

World Cup). It comes to Yorkshire on July 5th and 6th in 2014 starting in Leeds and going through the Dales to Harrogate on Day One, before heading from York to Sheffield via Knaresborough and

pected and the meeting heard how churches are already making plans including offering hospitality and free parking, holding festivals, creating displays and even suspending bicycles from church towers. Other ideas include open-air and international services. Event organiser, Canon John Carter said that the turnout showed churches were clearly enthusiastic to be part of Tour plans.

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Anyone wanting to keep up to date with plans should see letour.html

Ripon Cathedral Girls in BBC Radio 2 final Two choristers from Ripon Cathedral will be taking part in the final of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year. Joy Sutcliffe (14) and Sophie Reed (15) (pictured) are former Head Choristers at Ripon Cathedral and founder members of the Cathedral Consort, a choir for girls aged 13-18 singing regularly at Cathedral services. The final will be held in London at St Martin-in-the-Fields

on Monday 28th October and will be broadcast on Radio 2 on November 3rd.

“I am thrilled for both Joy and Sophie and wish them every success,” said Andrew Bryden,

Director of Music, “They are such committed choristers that I’m not at all surprised by their success, which is the result of them putting in a lot of hard work over many years. Everyone here at the Cathedral is very proud of them.” Canon Elizabeth Sewell commented, “This is a wonderful testament to the strength of the Music Department here at the Cathedral and the wonderful training and encouragement which Andrew and his team have given them over the years.” III

Bishop James writes How we remember NEXT YEAR will see the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. Whether you’ve read Birdsong or are a fan of Wilfrid Owen, you’ll have begun to grasp the fact that the First World War had a fundamental effect on the course of our history. It brought the deaths of nearly a million people serving in the armed forces or civilians. It saw heroic sacrifice and needless slaughter. The Church of England can offer a distinctive contribution to the work of remembering and commemorating. As both a parochial and national church, we recognise that we aren’t here for ourselves but for and with the areas in which each church is set, the nation to which we belong. What we bring is a valuing of each and every life, past, present and future; an honouring of the story of each person and community; a capacity for lament for all that diminishes and destroys human life and human flourishing; a commitment to pursuing all that makes for peace and builds up the common life - all through being embraced by the mercy and love of God and through our praying and seeking for his coming kingdom. Remembrance this year is perhaps an appropriate time IV

to start thinking how parish churches might help in the commemorations of the Great War. One suggestion is that churches might be open on 4th August, the day war broke out. There are other great ideas: I was taken the other year by the display in Kirkby Overblow church – a set of poppy wreaths, each surrounding photographs and stories of people whose remains had been interred in the war graves in the churchyard. Some churches will have rolls of honour with the names of those who served and those who lost their lives in the great war, and their stories could be researched and told. Other suggestions will be forthcoming for how churches might offer the spiritual resource which is essential for communities’ and the nation’s remembrance. We belong in the public square; we have a contribution to make to the common good. + James

MU seek Publicity officer The Diocesan Mothers’ Union is looking for a new Publicity Officer to assist the marketing unit promoting the work of the MU both at a local and national level. The main aim of the role is to ensure that events both past and upcoming are well publicised and the relevant information from Mary Sumner House is promoted. The main publication that the Mothers’ Union publicity officer is responsible for for is the production of the Annual Review used as part of the Summer Celebration. This is a retrospective look at the work of the MU units over the past year, and the publicity officer will be responsible for collating the material from the other units and producing a booklet for distribution at the event. In addition the Mothers’ Union is looking for someone who will work with the website administrator and attend marketing unit meetings to plan future events. They promise that training will be offered. The ideal candidate would have some experience promoting and publicising events and be computer literate. For more information contact Nicky Holliday via

New Diocese - Latest news Celebration and thanksgiving service at Cathedral for Bishop John

Following the announcement of his retirement, a service to celebrate and give thanks for Bishop John’s ministry will be held at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday January 5th at 3pm. Please put the date in your diary!

Easter Day, April 20, 2014, to be “Appointed Day”

The Archbishop of York has confirmed that the day on which the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales begins will be Sunday April 20th, Easter Day.

Transitional website

A website with all the latest developments during the transition to a new diocese is being launched at the beginning of November. You can get full details via

Offices to continue beyond Appointed Day

The three existing diocesan offices will continue beyond the Appointed Day serving the geographical areas they serve now. John Tuckett, will be the Acting Diocesan Secretary of the new diocese working with the present Diocesan Secretaries who will stay on as chief officers.

Paul Slater to be Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven

The Venerable Paul Slater who has been the Archdeacon of Craven in the Bradford Diocese since 2005, will become Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven when the new diocese is created. The Archdeaconry will include the areas of North Yorkshire which are currently served by both Ripon and

Leeds and Bradford dioceses. Paul has served all his ministry in the Diocese of Bradford, as Rector of Haworth, Warden of Readers, Priest-in-Charge of Cullingworth and Director of the Diocesan Foundation Course. He has also overseen the Ministry and Mission department (which includes vocations, ordained and lay ministry training, evangelism, liturgy and spirituality) since 2002. Paul went to school in Bradford, and after graduating from Corpus Christi, Oxford, he worked at St George’s Crypt in Leeds before training for the ministry at St John’s College, Durham. Married with two grown up sons, Paul is a keen on tennis and cricket.

Crown Nominations Commission draws up shortlist

In September, the Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretaries held meetings in the diocese with various invited groups and individuals, asking questions about the mission, finance, vision and needs of the Diocese of Leeds. Meanwhile diocesan representatives on the Crown Nominations Commission have been elected. They are Ven. Paul Slater, David Ashton, Revd Kathryn Fiztzsimons, Mrs Debbie Child, Revd Canon Sam Corley and Mrs Zahida Mallard. The Nominations Commission will meet this month (November) to prayerfully reduce the long list of emerging names to a short list. They will then meet in January to interview the candidates. The Commission will identify a preferred candidate whose name will be sent to the Prime Minister by the Archbishop of York. Downing St will announce the name of the first Bishop of Leeds once the Queen has approved the nomination. V

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Pilgrim course launched A new Christian discipleship course for church congregations and groups of all traditions has been published this autumn. This is the first time a national course has been commissioned by the House of Bishops. Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey is published by Church House Publishing and has been endorsed by both archbishops. The core authors

of the course are the Bishops of Chelmsford, Sheffield and Stockport, and Dr Paula Gooder, writer and lecturer in New Testament studies. Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship. Each stage features four six-session books accompanied by a leader's guide, with extensive, free video and audio resources to support every session online at www.

Church provides a Fun Day It was a first for the inner city church of St Cyprian’s Harehills. Led by Vicar, Revd Amos Kasibante, a team from the church got together to create a community Fun-Day. Dancers and a steel band provided entertainment, while a bouncy castle, crafts and activities, both inside the church and out provided plenty for


youngsters to enjoy. Opened by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, those who came were offered a constant stream of sandwiches, cakes, drinks and a barbecue. The event was completely free with the church volunteers providing everything for the community. “It was a great day for the church members to work together as a team,” said Amos.

Be part of something magical The Narnia Experience which opens for two weeks in Leeds on November 25th will be a piece of high quality, interactive community theatre set in Left Bank Leeds’ architecturally breathtaking and unique Grade II* listed building on Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ. More than 300 volunteers, many drawn from local churches, are coming together to create an experience that

excites and draws the audience into C. S. Lewis’ magical world as they encounter Narnia and its inhabitants. Rather than being seated and passively watching a performance from a distance, the audience will be physically, mentally and emotionally part of the action. The audience’s senses will be awakened as they feel the snow under their feet, smell pine leaves as they walk through the wardrobe, shake hands with a fawn escape through a tunnel, and enter into Aslan’s camp and mix with his magical friends. More information at www. or narniaexperience@outlook. com.

Diaryy Dates Your guide to events

in the Diocese of Ripon & Leeds

November 2

Refuel – fun and worship for all church children in Leeds in school years 3-6. St George’s Church Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3B from 4pm – 6pm. £2.50 per child. Details: Anne Carter


Mozart’s Requiem for All Souls’ Tide sung by St Peter’s Singers and orchestra within the context of the liturgy. 6.30pm, Leeds Minster

Opera Appetizers concert at Ripon Cathedral in aid of the Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign. Young Opera Venture perform highlights from four popular operas by Mozart, Bizet, and Nicolai. 7.30pm. Tickets £15 available from Alan’s Gallery (01765) 690498



St Wilfrid Lecture - Multiculturism to Interculturism. Professor Ted Cantle on making neighbours of the people of the world. Ripon Cathedral. Admission free. Contact (01765) 603462

Dedication Festival Eucharist , St James the Great, Manston, 9.30am, celebrating centenary of church building with Very Reverand Andrew Nunn ( Dean of Southwark Cathedral)



Oak Leaf Services at Ripon Cathedral and Leeds Minster, both at 3pm to remember the victims of road traffic accidents


St Cecilia Orchestra Gala Concert. Ripon Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets (£15/£12) available in from the Cathedral Giftshop


Liturgical performance of Haydn’s Paukenmesse, 8pm, St Peter’s Harrogate – with the Haydn Choir and Orchestra for St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music’s Feast Day. www.


Wetherby Choral Society concert. Music by Britten, Carter and Vaughan Williams, 7.30pm, St. James’ Church, Wetherby


Come and sing Handel’s Messiah in Knaresborough,

25 Dec 8

The Narnia Experience, Left Bank Centre (formerly St Margaret’s of Antioch) Cardigan Road, Leeds (see page 6 for more details), at various times throughout the day. Visit for more


Growing Smaller Churches, 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. at the Jonas Centre, Redmire, Leyburn. Book via email, or (0113) 2690 594


A future for church schools - Diocesan Education Team Conference, Rudding Park Hotel, 9am – 3.40pm. Fully booked and waiting list. Contact (01423) 817553


‘Walking the Breadline: Building a Good Society in post austerity Britain’. Church Action on Poverty Annual Conference, St Mark’s Church, Broomfield Road, Sheffield S10 2SE 10am-4.30pm. Contact (0161) 236 9321


St George’s Leeds School of Theology. Teaching with an opportunity to discuss its application to life. With Discipleship, Bible and Life tracks.. 9.30am – 1pm. Pay as you go £8 Information at



Hook Lecture at Leeds Minster, Kirkgate, LS2 7DJ. Giles Fraser, Priest in Charge at St Mary’s, Newington, South London on “Original Helplessness”. Admission is free but by ticket only- from (0113) 245 4700 or or general@ Open Day at the Old Mill Centre, Skeeby, Richmond. 10-4pm.


Make the most of Marrick! Marrick Priory is an outdoor centre with a difference, set in the heart of stunning Swaledale near Richmond – and supported by the diocese which, as well as providing trustees, supports and houses the Head of Centre. Together has been finding out more. For almost 50 years Marrick Priory has been supported by the diocese as an outdoor education and residential centre. Last year over 2500 children, young people and adults stayed at the Priory. The awe-inspiring high ropes course (pictured right) has been a great attraction to the growing number of visitors from schools, youth clubs, church groups, adult organisations and those with special needs. Six new kayaks provided by the People’s Postcode Lottery are being used

for paddle sports on a nearby lake. Another grant from The Rothley Trust is providing maps, compasses and camping equipment enabling students from local schools to work towards Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Whether groups follow an active or reflective programme, the aim is to provide a positive and enriching experience of heritage, countryside and community in a Christian environment that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Moves and Appointments Revd Andrew John Pearson, Priest in Charge of Oulton with Woodlesford and Methley with Mickletown; to be Priest in Charge (Vicar designate) of the Parish of the Venerable Bede, Wyther. Revd Clive Sedgewick, Director of Education for the Dioceses of Bradford and Ripon & Leeds; to be House for Duty VIII

Priest in Charge of the Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick Revd Dr Jonathan James Singh, Chaplain, St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate; has resigned from his post and has Permission to Officiate Revd Susan Marilyn Wallace, Vicar in the Leeds City Team Ministry; to be Canon

Jim Gleave is Head of Centre and leads a team of seventeen full or part-time staff including five full-time resident qualified instructors ready to welcome day visitors, weekend groups or those who come for longer. To find out whether your group could make the most of Marrick, contact

David Brighton Editor (0113) 2000540, email:Together John Carter Managing Editor (01423) 530369, email: Cost and delivery enquiries: Julie Milbourne, Ripon & Leeds Diocesan Office, (0113) 2000540

Precentor and Sacrist of Winchester Cathedral (Winchester).

Together November 2013  

The monthly magazine for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds