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Welcome to the web hub for the Anglican Holme Valley Churches.

 We are a team of seven churches working together to make Christ known in, and serve the people of, the Holme Valley. There is a renewed sense of excitement about the gospel and about what God is doing in this valley. We would love you to be part of that!

 On this site you will find general information about our Team and upcoming events. There are pages for each of our churches with links to individual websites where you can find out even more.

 If you’re unsure which church is closest to you, just enter your postcode and in the church finder and let the internet do the rest!

 May God bless on your journey

 

New Bishop for the Diocese

 

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NEW BISHOP FOR OUR NEW DIOCESE ANNOUNCED

 

Downing Street has just announced that the Rt Revd Nick Baines will be our new bishop of our new Diocese of Leeds (West Yorkshire and the Dales) ..

 

Bishop Nick said:  It is a great honour and privilege  as well as an enormous responsibility to be nominated to this post. I’m fully aware of the challenges this brings, but am confident that this new diocese will thrive. Let’s walk this new journey together as we forge new friendships, cross old boundaries and shape a vision for this new Diocese. I am excited by what lies ahead of us.

nick baines

 

It was announced at 10am this morning by 10 Downing Street that I have been nominated to become the first (Anglican) Bishop of Leeds for the new diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales. The Archbishop of York is to present me in Leeds before we then go on a tour of the cathedrals in Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon. Tomorrow I will visit the three diocesan offices before then, finally, starting my sabbatical proper by going away for a few days.

 

I have not taken this appointment lightly. The last three years – the announcement of my appointment to Bradford came one week after publication of the Dioceses Commission proposals to dissolve three dioceses and create a single new one for the region – have been enjoyable, but demanding. I have agreed to this new appointment with hope, vision and realism. I am looking forward with confidence and curiosity to working with colleagues across the new dioceses as we do something unique for the Church of England: to create a new diocese that can compel us to focus on our basic mission: the worship of God, living out our vocation in and for the sake of the world, offering pastoral community, and seeing the church grow in number, depth and discipleship.

 

That last statement begs a lot of questions. In the new diocese we will have to face some hard questions as we re-shape how we do what we do for the sake of the Kingdom of God. We already bring enormous strengths, and we can look to the challenges and opportunities of the future with both enthusiasm and confidence. Soaked in prayer and drawn by hope, we have a unique invitation to create a diocese that chooses to renew its vision and strategic direction (how to make the vision real) – a matter of will and discipline as well as inclination.

 

I look forward to this new ministry and to getting to know people and places over the years ahead of us. Despite the inevitable million distractions, my prayer is simple: that the God who calls and equips us will, by his Spirit, fire our imagination, strengthen our resolve and keep our eyes focused on the Jesus we love and serve.'

 

 

 

 

 

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