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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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Rector’s Letter October 2015

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends Such is the speed of events that by the time you read this, no doubt the situation will have moved on considerably, but as I write this Europe is in the throes of its biggest refugee crisis since World War II as tens of thousands of people are on the move from a heady cocktail of war, extremism, oppression and poverty; and as our Bishop, Nick Baines has said, our government is right in seeking to respond to the crisis with both head and heart – the head because a fair, just and compassionate long-term solution has to be found; the heart because many of these refugees have...

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Clergy Letter April 15

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear all Easter is fast approaching and for me this is the most significant part of the church’s year. This is because without Jesus’ death for our sins on the cross and his victory over death on that glorious Easter morning, there is no Christian faith and the church is pointless – as St Paul says in 1 Cor 15:17 &19, ‘If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins… 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.’ But because Christ has indeed been raised, the sting of death has been drawn, it has been...

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Rector’s Letter March 2015

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Articles, Thoughts | 0 comments

Dear friends I often find that one of the biggest challenges for a church is to make sure it communicates well with its members so that as many folk as possible know what is happening and can feel a part of things; and this challenge becomes greater still when there is more than one congregation, as is the case with us here in Bilton. Therefore it seems a good idea to put pen to paper, or perhaps more accurately fingers to keyboard, to inform/remind you of a number of important matters. However before I go any further I want to say thank you to everybody for the warm and ongoing welcome...

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