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New minister for Lidgett Park, Thorner & Harewood

Superintendent's statement about proposed staffing arrangements Nov 2014

News item about the Seacroft Chapel Arts Centre - October 2014

Superintendent's statement about proposed staffing arrangements Sept 2014

Superintendent's statement about Revd Dr George's Bailey's new appointment


Anniversary Celebrations - Story & Picture

Annual Review June 2014


Finding disciples not churches

Momentum editor, Laurence Wareing, visits Methodist projects covered in earlier editions of the magazine

For two days in October this year, I did what usually only Methodist Presidents get to do. I planned a mini road trip to meet Methodists doing special things in their local communities. Five venues were on my itinerary. Each one, like windows in an Advent Calendar, opened up another picture of what Methodism can be like on the ground, rooted in the needs of people and in a commitment to God's dream for the world.

Muslims and Methodists side by side in Beeston

© Laurence Wareing

I only entered one church building along my 500-mile route and even that didn't look like one, for in Beeston's Trinity Methodist Church children have taken over. The Methodist congregation uses the building when required - a large cross still dominates the biggest hall - but, for the rest of the time, they give over their property to those who can best use it: an Ofsted-registered, proudly multicultural, children's nursery. One local community organiser calls Trinity Methodist Church 'a beacon' in the area.

Twice I sat in cafés and heard about how conversations and deeply human responses to community needs had been initiated around small tables. I was reminded of Steve Turner's poem 'White With Two Sugars (Please)', about how drinking coffee can be a profoundly religious activity. It's religious because it often enables conversation - which may lead to sharing our deepest needs. It may (as it has done at 'Meeting Point' in Leeds and 'Shackles Off' in the village of Seascale) draw together those with a religious commitment and those with none. It may do in cafés what is harder to achieve in church pews.

A mural in Meeting Point café

© Laurence Wareing

Elsewhere, I saw how individuals with housing and care needs are being helped by MHA, Methodism's charity for older people, and talked with the coordinator of a partnership between Methodists in Cumbria and Patagonia: Methodism's 'social gospel' and 'worldwide family' in just two short visits.

Making the connections between Methodist communities takes time, and sharing our stories takes effort. But to do so not only refreshes our vision of Methodism but, more importantly, shows Christian discipleship to be a road trip of endless possibilities.


Jesus’ hands reach out into Harehills [2008]

At 7am it’s a chilly wet autumn morning on Harehills Lane in Leeds but there is a beacon of warmth and light shining out into the damp street. It’s from the Meeting Point Café where anyone can go and get a good warm meal, a cheap cup of tea and a chat until noon. However, this is not just a place for refreshment and a friendly word, but also a place where you can go and write out a prayer in confidentiality to be read in church next Sunday or even speak with Christian Counsellor and Diaconal Student, Vicky Atkins.

Meeting Point KitchenPauline Burrow has been running the café for the past 12 years using only everyday household kitchen equipment (see left) and supported by donations and gifts from the 12 churches in the Richmond Hill Circuit and local schools. She has a stalwart body of volunteers who help out including Nikki, Stella, Joan, Peggy, Vikki, Ann, Pam, Brenda, Freda, Hilda, Jean and Olive who is 85 years old

On average, there are 60-80 people each week step through the door and the prayer requests have been flooding in from the needy in the area. Vicky has been a great asset too for those desperate to talk privately on deeper matters and there are not many churches that have that many people step through their doors every week.

Disaster struck! There was a raging fire which started in the paper shop next door in March 2007. It damaged a lot of the Café and the flat upstairs which provides much needed rental income. Also, the basic kitchen was becoming unable to cope with 16 years of constant usage.

 Wonderfully, the insurance money provided the shop and flat with a new ceiling, new floors and a full redecoration. Alan Parker, the Circuit Treasurer campaigned tirelessly for the money to provide a new commercial kitchen (see below) and Paul Metcalfe from the Horsforth Circuit installed it over a two week period. Pauline is thrilled as it includes a fantastic new Cougar Range complete with a much needed griddle and bain-marie. More good news comes from Chapel Allerton Methodist Church who has made the Café their Charity of the Year which will be an enormous help.    

RefitThe Grand Re-Opening was on the 26 August 2008 encouraging more people than ever with a delicious great value menu and a 5 star rating from the Environmental Health Inspectors. A beautiful community mural on one wall has been painted by Brian Holmes but it is the warm, friendly welcome offered to anyone from any age and background that really is the heart of this outreaching project. By their deeds shall ye know them? Thanks, God!






Faith Stories from Seacroft

There was an excellent Circuit united service at Seacroft Methodist Church on Remembrance Sunday afternoon, where the faith stories of members of the Tuesday Fellowship were read as part of the act of worship. Each person's story was very moving, and it was an example to us all of how to talk about our own faith journey with each other. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, you can visit the East Leeds FM website at 

Seacroft ELFM

 13th - 19th June 2011

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Musicathon at Seacroft   

Seacroft MusicThe old Chapel at Seacroft has been out of use for a couple of years, because of the deterioration of the building due to damp. Worship is now held in the meeting rooms, which were refurbished a year ago, to provide bright warm accommodation. It was looking like demolition of the old Chapel was the only option, but now there is a ray of hope that the building might be saved.

There is an organisation called ELFM, which has been working in East Leeds for nine years now - focusing on developing creative links between communities, between generations and between cultures, to encourage communication through a broadcast radio station. They are looking for a permanent home, and have secured funding to carry out a feasibility study, to ascertain whether the old Chapel could be transformed into that home.

To demonstrate the potential of the Chapel as a live broadcasting studio, Adrian Sinclair, the dynamic MD of ELFM, came up with the idea of a 24 hour live Musicathon. After months of planning, and overcoming many hurdles, the Musicathon started at 3pm on Saturday 4th April 2009 and finished at 3 pm on Sunday 5th April. Over the 24 hour period, well over 300 people visited the Chapel, as performers, stewards, technicians, etc. The live broadcast was available worldwide on the Internet, using the ELFM website as the starting point. The whole event was recorded, so the music is now available for downloading as mp3 files on their website ( ).

Each hour of the broadcast had a theme, with one person being designated as the "curator" for that hour. David Laycock, who is the lay worker currently assigned to Seacroft Methodist Church, volunteered to curate an hour entitled "Singing from the same Hymn Sheet". He brought together numerous people from the Churches in East Leeds to celebrate Palm Sunday, and was able to spend time explaining the significance of Palm Sunday, and the background to why Jesus overturned the tables in the Temple. No doubt there were many people listening, who were hearing this story for the first time.

There are a number of photographs on the ELFM website, but this one is exceptional, in showing the beauty of the Chapel, being used sympathetically as a broadcasting studio.     

Welcome service for Revd Francesca Rhys [2007]

Revd Francesca Rhys was welcomed to the Richmond Hill Circuit and to Crossgates Methodist Church at a service on Saturday, 1st September 2007. The service was led by the new Leeds District Chair, Revd Elizabeth Smith. Representatives from Crossgates Church, the Circuit, other Churches in Leeds 15 and our local Councillor, Suzi Armitage joined in the welcoming service.

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Joyce Nicholson's Farewell service [2007]

Joyce NicholsonThe Circuit said goodbye to much-loved minister, Joyce Nicholson, on 5th August 2007 at a farewell service in her honour.  Joyce had led her last service as a full-time minister at Crossgates earlier that day.  Each of the speakers had their own stories to tell and their own fond memories of Joyce, but one thing they all agreed on, a sentiment felt by the entire circuit, is that Joyce will be sorely missed.  Joyce was presented with a plant, a cheque and a specially commissioned portrait of the church.

staffTributes to Joyce included a song “Everyone loves Joyce” written and performed by 8 year-old Beth, which reinforced the fact that everyone agreed on: that Joyce was always keen to include the children in services and viewed them as valued members of the congregation.  Thanks were also expressed to Joyce’s husband Bob who has been as much of a part of the Richmond Hill circuit as Joyce, a friend to many, a constant support to Joyce and a chauffeur when needed.

Joyce with other Circuit staff; Grenville Jensen, Robert Creamer and Ray Hinch