Cafe Church considers the environment

This week’s Cafe Church Service marked Christian Aid week by reflecting with them on the environment, in particular the Christian response to climate change. We signed an open letter to HSBC which is one of the few banks that is still investing in the exploitation of coal. We discussed the impact of the climate on local farming communities. A number of us also went to hear Bishop James Jones speak about Jesus and the Earth at St Marys Thirsk this week. We hope to form a group of local Christians who are concerned with the environment.

Happy Easter

The church was bathed in glorious sunshine as we gathered for our Easter communion service today.

Welcome to Dianne

Despite cold and snowy weather, the church was full to welcome Rev Dianne Gamble as the new priest for our group of churches. The Bishop of Whitby spoke of Dianne helping us to think about the future of the church in this area.

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas from all of us at Leake. Thank you to all who made our carol service and Midnight Mass such moving occasions.

Advent Sunday at Leake

We were delighted to welcome the Clerkes of All Saints to our service for the start of Advent. This well known choir from York led a choral communion service which was enjoyed by a range of people from our villages and beyond.

Welcome Dianne!

We are delighted to announce that the Reverend Dianne Gamble has been appointed as Priest in Charge of our group of churches. We hope that she will begin working with us early in the New Year. Dianne has been appointed for an initial period of three years to help us think about the future of our ministry in these communities.
Many of us already know Dianne as she is currently the curate in the Sowerby group of churches.
The Bishop of Whitby, said: ‘Dianne has a real heart for rural communities. I am delighted that she will be staying in this area and I know that the people of her new parishes will enjoy working with her and planning for the future.’

More wonderful visitor photos

We have had a series of amazing photographs of the church sent to us by church visitors. The latest is from Simon McRoyall, who has managed to show the church from an angle that we that we haven’t seen before. Thank you Simon. If you have photographs that you think we would like to see, please send us an email or upload them onto our Facebook page.

Thank you Ian

Last week we said thank you and farewell to Rev Ian Houghton after ten years as the vicar of Leake and our group of churches. We wished him and Mel all the best on a gorgeous summer evening. Ian also celebrated Holy Communion for us on the 35th anniversary of his ordination.

Congratulations to Becky and Darren

Many congratulations to Becky and Darren, who were married at Leake today in glorious sunshine. We have loved getting to know them over the last year.

Open The Book

Our regular series of “Open the Book” sessions at Knayton School continue
to be enjoyed by all the children. Each time we take a simple Bible story
as our theme. This time our theme was “Happy Day”.