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Rectors Letter Oct 16

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends If we look at the earthly life of Jesus we find that one of the 1st things he did when he began his public ministry was to choose 12 disciples with whom he could find friendship and in whom he could invest for the sake of the kingdom. At 1st they needed a lot of encouragement because although they believed he could be the Messiah and were blown away by his teaching and his miracles, they were far from the finished article. But over the next three years we gradually see Jesus giving them more responsibility along the lines of the following pattern Stage One – I do, you...

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Step Up

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Articles, Events, Thoughts | 0 comments

STEP UP, THE RIPON AREA DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAMME, SEEKS NEW PARTICIPANTS A one year discipleship programme which has expanded to include five churches in three hub locations in the Ripon Episcopal Area is hoping to expand next year so that more people can take part. Step Up is now in its third year, and currently a record forty-two adults are taking part in discipleship courses centred on Wetherby, Harrogate and Brompton on Swale/Catterick. As well as deepening their understanding of the Christian faith, the programme aims to equip church members who take part with new skills as they respond...

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Rector’s Letter April 2016

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends As I write I am continuing to recover from emergency surgery to put right a perforated and blocked bowel! I had no idea I was suffering from either, so all the excitement took place while we were on holiday in Cornwall – thankfully we were staying with really good friends which meant that Fiona had plenty of support and I had somewhere to go when I came out of hospital! Anyway, by the time you read this so long as I don’t overdo it, I should be nearing a return to work (the plan is somewhere around the first week in April), so thank you for all your support and prayers – all...

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Greetings from the other side of town!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Thoughts | 0 comments

Greetings from the other side of town!

My name is Ruth Donegan-Cross and I am enormously looking forward to coming to be Curate at St John’s and St Luke’s, and to meeting you all. I will be ordained on July 2nd in Wakefield Cathedral, and will start my curacy shortly after that- all very exciting! Simon has asked me to briefly introduce myself so here goes…. I grew up in Aberdeen, and only moved south of the border for University (Durham), where I studied Chinese. I met Guy there, and we are celebrating 25 years of marriage in 2016. We have four children: John, who is also studying Chinese at Edinburgh; Hamish, currently in U6 at...

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Team Vicar Vacancy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Parish of St John and St Luke, Bilton, Harrogate   –  Ripon Episcopal Area Team Vicar St John’s and St Luke’s are at an exciting time in their development and growth, and are looking for a team vicar who, while having primary responsibility for the St Luke’s congregation, will bring to bear his/her gifts and experience in ministry across the parish. We are praying for a person who is… a Spirit-led, prayerful leader who works well in a team and is willing to try new things; skilled in and enjoys relating to families, young people and schools; passionate about church growth and helping...

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Clergy Letter Dec 15

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Rector’s Letter December 2015 Dear friends By the time you read this we will be well into Advent and will hopefully have begun our Christmas preparations – but if you haven’t, you’d better think about getting started! But actually as I write Christmas seems a long way off and thoughts are turned far more to Paris than to Bethlehem with the terrible massacres and their aftermath still dominating the news. I for one simply cannot understand what motivates a human being to murder his or her fellow human beings in such a callous and predetermined way, and perhaps I never will, so I want to...

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