Friday, 16 July 2010

End of the School Year

After a week of General Synod generated hurt, misunderstanding, vitriol, confusion and uncertainty, how refreshing it was today to step well away from Church politics, and take part in two End of School Year services; one at St Chad's School Hove Edge, to which I was invited as Rural Dean as they await their new priest, and the second at our own Elland Church of England School. Two groups of Year 6 children, celebrating and remembering how far they have come, and looking to the future. Best wishes to all our Staff and young people at Elland for a safe and happy holiday, and a big thank you to Freda McGowan, our Head, as she retires, to Jane Ashley for being a brilliant acting Head, and to all the Staff for their hard work and dedication this year.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

General Synod

In the run up to the July Sessions of General Synod, as politics, posturing and position taking seem to have pushed out prayer, a modest contribution: a prayer that has been used in this Parish over the last few months

Heavenly Father, you have promised by your Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.
We ask for the gift of your Spirit, for guidance and grace for the Church of England at this time.
Bless our Bishops, and all who have difficult decisions to make.
Teach us to respect and honour the convictions of others that are sincerely held, even if we cannot agree with them.
When the way ahead seems difficult or uncertain, help us to hold on to your love, from which we cannot be parted, by life or by death;
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Hanging Baskets Festival

Thank You to all at St.Mary's who contributed to a very successful weekend, a Flower Festival with a difference - The Hanging Baskets Festival.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Friday, 2 July 2010

A School to Celebrate

Congratulations to all at Elland Church of England School: For the Award of the Inclusion Quality Mark, (the first Primary School in Calderdale to receive it), and the re-award of the Investors in People Accreditation, both awards presented today, at a special Assembly by Jane Donaldson, Calderdale’s Director of Childrens and Young Peoples Services. We have also had another superb Pantomime this week, ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’: well done to all. We know there is much to celebrate about our School, and it is good to know others recognise it as well!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

All Saints Anglican Church, Nyasura, Diocese of Mara

Pictures from our Link Parish, as they celebrate the Dedication of their new Church by the Archbishop of Tanzania. The cost of the Altar and decoration of the Church has been met by the Parish of Elland.

In the words of Frances, the Parish Secretary, 'Praise The Lord Jesus Christ brethren in Elland!'