Visit to Leake

We were delighted to welcome the Friends of Linthorpe Cemetery who visited
the church this week. After they had received a guided tour and
refreshments, they took an incredible 130 photographs, which they have
kindly said we can share online. If you belong to a group that would like
to visit Leake, please let us know and we may be able to arrange a similar
tour and refreshments in return for a donation to church funds.

An Insight into Cafe Church

This morning, 32 of us gathered in Knayton Village Hall for the latest of
our less formal services of Cafe Church. We had originally only planned to
have two of these services, but they have been so popular that we have
carried on! We had plenty of time to share coffee and croissants before our
short service.

Today Sheila spoke about the amazing work of Christian Aid in developing
countries and encouraged us to respond generously in this 60th Christian
Aid week. Jane Martin told us about the work that Kirby Knowle church does
to collect for Middlesbrough Food Bank. She will make a collection at our
next Cafe Church service. David and Irene Dugdale have lived in Borrowby
for several years. This morning Irene read from the Bible:

*And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in
perfect unity.*

She spoke about the love which they have found in the community here.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from all of us at Leake. We had a joyful Easter communion
service this morning, which was so well attended we nearly ran out of seats
and hymn books! The children decorated Easter eggs and enjoyed an egg hunt
after the service, while the grown ups tucked into some hot cross buns.

Thank You Trevor

Rev’d Trevor Lewis has been working in our group of parishes for a number of years, but at Leake we have mainly got to know him last year, when he provided cover during our vicar’s illness. He has been a huge support to us. Sadly for us, he is now leaving Yorkshire to go “down south” to a new parish in the Diocese of Winchester. We wished him and Margaret well at our recent Parish Lunch.


Congratulations to Darren and Becky, who plan to marry at Leake in 2018 –
after many years of driving past “our little church”. Oh, and we have a
very cute door too!

Cafe Church

We decided to experiment with a new service format this month. Called “Cafe
Church”, it was held in one of our village halls and was much less formal
than our usual services. We shared coffee and cakes, before singing some
popular hymns that had been chosen by the congregation. We heard about the
“Open the Book” initiative and the funds that had been raised in our recent
Giving in Grace campaign. It was a real success – 36 people attended and it
had a great atmosphere. We had originally planned only two services, but it
was such a success that we are already planning more than that, and it may
become a regular event.

Congratulations to Shaun and Caroline

We were delighted to hear that Shaun and Caroline got engaged while
visiting Leake at New Year. They are regular travellers on the A19 who have
particularly appreciated seeing the night time lighting of the church. We
wish them every happiness in their life together. Leake has been the scene
of many weddings over the years, but a proposal is a new one for us!

Christmas at Leake

Thank you to everyone who made Christmas at Leake so special. The church
was decorated with a large tree, crib scene and many candles. We welcomed a
significant number of people to our carol service and to midnight mass, as
well as people who dropped in to see the church over the festive period. We
were also reminded that Christians celebrate Christmas and Epiphany until
February 2nd! A Happy New Year to all of our visitors.

Remembrance Sunday

We were delighted to welcome the Archdeacon of Cleveland to our service of
remembrance this year. The end of our two minutes silence was marked by the
playing of a bugle – and a fly past by the RAF. This was presumably for
another service nearby, but we’ll happily take the credit! It was a sombre
and moving occasion.