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.

Visit by the bishop


Baptism at Leake

Dawn and Will are old friends of our church. In fact, they got married here! It was wonderful to welcome them again, for a double baptism – of Eloise and Ed.

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Mystery plays

On Saturday 29th May, a small group of 5 joined a huge throng  to watch a cast of 200 perform a Mystery Play at York Minster.

Such plays have entertained the people of York since the 1300s enacting scenes from the creation of heaven & earth to the last judgement.

The story of good versus evil, of life & death & of love, betrayal, loss & hope.

After 4 hours our little group emerged somewhat stiffly but enlightened into brilliant sunshine having enjoyed a spectacular performance.


Christian Aid Coffee Morning

There was a fantastic turnout for our Christian Aid coffee morning. As well as enjoying some gorgrous home made cakes we raised £189.30, with some donations still to count. Thank you to everyone for your support.

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Annual meeting

This week we held our annual church meeting. We re-elected our church wardens and church council and discussed the future of our church. To read reports that were submitted to the meeting click here.