Derek Jones gets ordained on Saturday 1st July at Bradford Cathedral at 3 p.m. Unfortunately there are no tickets left for parishioners, as the Cathedral will be packed. And Derek and Helen will not be moving into their new house, no. 10 Anstone Drive off Carr Bottom Rd, until later in the month. The purchase has finally gone through, but the house needs some ingoing works, and school places have not yet been agreed for Reuben and Matilda. Derek is booked to lead services on 23rd July, so let’s hope all is sorted by then.
A new name
One of our members has been a attending St Oswald’s for a while, and on 14th June got confirmed at Manningham, where he took the new name of Abraham. From a Muslim background, this name provides with a name acceptable to Muslims who form much of his friendship group, whilst also being a Christian name.
Open Air service
The theme of the Open Air service on 23rd July is ‘Times of Refreshing’ from Acts 3: 19, which Peter offers his hearers as they repent and their sins are wiped out. So we are speaking from the back of a lorry, singing and giving children ice pops as we go round the different venues. This year we intend maximum spiritual impact, so as many as can, come and pray with the clergy on Tuesday 18th July, 7 a.m. at Faxfleet St / Rathmell St and 7.30 a.m. at Louis Avenue / Finch St. All Saints venue on the day is at 4 p.m. on Louis Avenue, and from St Oswald’s at 4.30 p.m. on Arum Street.
Manjit Kaur, Memory Chisanu and William Ikhifa are to be confirmed by the Bishop of Bradford on 2nd July at 4.30 p.m. in All Saints. Pray for them!
The Great Get-Together
Last month I wrote about the Fair that involved both Church and School at All Saints on 17th June, the anniversary of Jo Cox’ death. Around 500-600 people were there, in glorious sunshine. The Church raised £189 from teas, tower trips and Bouncy Castle receipts; the school raised £1300 to provide a fund for each class. The shadow on the event was head teacher John Davie breaking his toe at the end when a speaker fell on it.
Warm the Heart
Maureen Jones arranged for St Oswald’s Coffee Morning in June to support St Stephen’s Warm the Heart campaign to raise £60,000 towards the cost of under-floor heating; we raised £184 and St Stephen’s have now reached their target!
All Saints Coffee Morning on 10th June raised £174.
All Saints School
An OFSTED visit in May pronounced the school‘Good’. There are areas for improvement, but overall the report was extremely positive. SATS results come out on 4th July.
A new service
‘Explore Together’ is a new way of experiencing worship, which the two PCCs discussed on their away day at Ilkley on 24th June. In this scheme a passage of scripture is explored in different ways by each of us; some with art and craft; others with a quiet space to reflect; others will focus on the Bible and read around, whilst others will chat over the passage. So in each Church there might be four ‘zones’ to hear from God in our own way, for all ages to explore the themes together, children, adults and older people. We shall trial this in the All-Age service on the first Sunday of August. Bear with us, as we try to get it right, recognising that there might be teething troubles. It’s important to trust God to speak to us in new ways.
Work continues on the application to Heritage Lottery fund for restoration of the interior of All Saints as a place of access for the community. Harry Atkinson is kindly leading a team to raise over £300,000 to restore the Hedgeland organ and the Skidmore ironwork, and to enable local Primary and Secondary schools to access the heritage and music and faith of the Church, as well as musicians and history groups. We hope to make a first-stage submission in September.