Enid Taylor Christmas closing: from 12:30pm Christmas Eve, reopening Tuesday 4 January 2005.

Christmas Services listing and brochure 2004

Listing remains available on this website; brochure distributed to TIC, museums, hotels and selected shops.

Fridays in December 2004: Amnesty International Greetings

Amnesty International's local group invites people in Harrogate to send seasonal greetings cards with messages of hope to victims of human rights violations. Cards are available at "Human Writes" - a drop-in letter-writing session, 11am-1pm on Fridays, at St Peter's church.

An opportunity to help bring about the release of those 'disappeared' or unjustly imprisoned, and solace to their families. Further information from John Clews, tel 888432

Arcadia Music

Thank you for many years service to the community. Retirement saw the closure of Arcadia music shop in November.

Tuesday 9 November: Churches Together Annual Assembly

Grove Road Methodist church hall, exploring the image and presentation of the church; report now available.

11 November: Jubillee Debt Campaign

The "Make Poverty History" campaign was outlined by with Charity Musamba, (Jubilee Zambia) and Stephen Rand (co-chair JDC). The local Jubillee Debt Campaign group have a webpage on this website with further background and links.

Alpha, BLT @ EFC (Beginners Learning Together) and other courses are now running across Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby and Goldsborough. Contact details and venues for this area are now available on this website - more details via the Alpha button.

Worship in the Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Harrogate New Life Church moved into a new home on 17 October with hopes for a bus ministry.

Clergy moves (Summer 2004)

Farewell to Fr Richard Aladics, now in Huddersfield. A very warm welcome to Fr Jim Leavy at St Aelred's (and RC chaplain at the hospital), Fr Peter Smith (assistant priest at St Robert's RC), Canon Alastair Dunn (associate minister at St Mark's), Rev Clive Sedgewick & Rev Jonathan Rhodes (Christ Church), Rev Darren McClintock (to be team vicar at St Luke's from today), Dr Terry Buckingham (St Wilfrid's) and Fr Johannes Arens (St Wilfrid's church plant on Jennyfields, joining from the Old-Catholic parish church of Bonn, from 26 September).

Accomodation request (September 2004)

A Bulgarian lady and her teenage daughter (working and studying in Harrogate) seek a flat or at least rooms. They are members of the United Methodist Church in the town of Shumen in Bulgaria and currently worshipping at Starbeck. Any possible accommodation or offer of lodgings in their home...

Meeting Room help (August 2004)

Amnesty International, Harrogate and Knaresborough Group, are looking for a small room for the monthly meetings.

HYPeR NewsHYPeR is opening the bar area during the summer holidays on Saturday nights. Watch out for details of the United Gigs event in November.

Wesley Owen / Branchlines vacancy for a new part time member of their team, (two days a week until January 2005) had a closing date for applications 25th of August 2004.... The shop is staying open during their stock take on Wednesday 1 September. The Passion DVD & CD available from Wesley Owen / Branchlines from 31 August13/14/15 July 2004: Great Yorkshire Show

The Sowing the Seed displays in the Church Pavilion at the Great Yorkshire Showground were accompanied by supporting musicians from St John Fisher, St Aidan's and Rossett High Schools.

Knaresborough Community Church moves onLife Destiny Church became Harrogate's newest church on Sunday, 4 July 2004, meeting at the Odeon Cinema in Harrogate from 10am. The leaders of KCC are heading up the new church.Christmas Radio Advertising Award (Summer 2004)

Another award for CAN - further details on this website's Marketing page.

Student Accommodation (Summer 2004)

Harrogate Tutorial college write are seeking host families to provide breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal weekdays and all meals at weekends for students this summer; rates are £91.00 per week.

College hours are 9:30-16:30 with evening activities: Monday sports 19:00 -21:00, Wednesday disco 19:30-22:00 for Juniors 12-16 years and 22:30 finish for 17+; Friday sports 19:00 - 21:00 and Saturday mornings 10:00 -12:00.

Churches Together Annual General Meeting reports

Reports from this year's AGM at St Michael's, Beckwithshaw, (Map) now available. The service included the Induction of Neil Spencer as President and welcomed Rev Brian Hunt as President Elect.

Good home required for Lonely Piano (May 2004)

CVS advise that a lady in the Harrogate area has an upright piano she would like to give to a child who wants to learn to play the piano. The piano will need to be moved and will be in need of tuning after removing to new home. More info at the Help at Home Scheme Council for Voluntary Service .

Meals for the Homeless Review (Spring 2004)

A review on this good work is currently under way requesting feedback from the team leaders; if you are involved in any way, you are welcome also to provide feedback directly to the secretary (details on the Who's Who page). Summary report now available on request to the secretary.

Clergy Moves

Rev Bob Heathcote (West Park & Bilton Grange) moved on Monday 14 June 2004 to become minister of Central URC, Sheffield; our prayers go with Bob & Sylvia, with thanks for all of the good work done in the Lord's name during their time here.

Ascension Day service on Radio 4

Duke Ellington provides the music for this special service at 8pm. Also available as a webcast from the BBC.

HYPeR is an alcohol and drug free youth venue in the centre of Harrogate. They have been successful in appointing an administrator and were seeking a session worker for Friday and Saturday evenings. In recent months HYPeR has been attracting around 60 -120 youngsters on Saturday nights. HYPeR was looking for someone with experience of working with young people, able to lead a team of volunteers and happy to work within the Christian ethos of HYPeR. Rate of pay: £10.00 per hour; Flexibility is required in hours worked. The main hours of work will be Friday and Saturday evenings. Closing date for applications: 11 May 2004.

Local Strategic Partnership: "Your Plan, Your Future" was launched on 5 February 2004, and a full report on the May meeting is now available on the Local Strategic Partnership webpage.

30 April : Mel Gibson "The Passion of the Christ"

This film on the events of Holy Week, shown over Easter at the Odeon, Harrogate until 16 April continues at various other cinemas in the area - see the Icon Movies website; '18' certificate.

5-11 April: Holy Week and Easter

Most churches in Harrogate have a wide range of services and opportunities for reflection during this week between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. A listing of most services and events remains available on this Churches Together website.

1 April: Local Cleric to lead the Baptist Union - the true story

Bishop John Packer wasn't confirmed as the next national president of the Baptist Union, despite the increase in numbers of church goers in this part of the world. He is delighted to baptise by full immersion and will be presiding at this month's Theos service on 18 April, St John's, Bilton; amongst those being baptised are two of the Secretary's children. More information was truly available from .... . Sadly there is no evidence to date about any ability to walk on water, although it would be attributed to God's miraculous intervention on every occasion. With thanks to all - especially Bishop John - apologies to anyone taken in by the story.

Tickets for the YFriday gig (part of their Songs of Heaven tour) 26 March were on sale at Wesley Owen (formerly Branchlines; Map) or at the door: Gracious Street Methodist church, Knaresborough (Map). Organised by United Gigs.

Lent Lunches and Courses: Lunches started in Harrogate on 27 February - topics and summaries available, along with a listing of the Monday Lent meetings at St Peter's and many more.

Also Knaresborough launched their course on Thursday 26 February at Gracious Street Methodist church hall (Map).

Paperworks team Supervisor (March 2004): Full time 37½ hours per week Mon-Fri 9.00-5.30; £11,100.00 per annum. 'Paperworks is a local charity set up to give people with disabilities relevant work based skills, so enabling them to gain a greater degree of workplace independence and therefore confidence and self worth.

'Do you feel you have the sensitively and patience to work with our trainees? The post involves supervising a team to provide a comprehensive Print Finishing, Packing and Office service to meet the quality needs and deadlines of our loyal customers who recognise Paperworks' important role in the community. You will need good organisation skills, be able to communicate clearly and motivate others. Previous experience is not necessary as training can be provided, but you must be able to demonstrate the necessary qualities in your application. Applications from those willing to job share would be welcome.'

Contact Paperworks for an application form.

Warden: The Quakers are seeking to fill a 6-month temporary warden post at Friends Meeting House, Harrogate. Just 10 hours a week at £8 per hour, with applications closing 5 March and interview evening 10 March

Monday 1 - 12 March: Bible Exhibition

9:30am - 4:30pm at Woodfield Gospel Hall, Woodfield Grove in Harrogate. An interesting and colourful guide to the bibles' origin and history; all warmly welcomed. Admission free; also open Saturday 6 March from 9:30am - 12:30pm.

Thursday 26 February: Paperworks Open Day

Celebrating their move to Unit 103, Hammerain House, Hookstone Avenue (Map), 3pm-7pm.

Monday 23 February: Church Tourism Briefing

10-12 noon; St John's Church, Knaresborough. Guidance on Church Trails booklet production in preparation for North Yorkshire's Church Heritage Weekend, (11/12 September 2004). Also raised at the CT Steering Council, 5 February.

Wesley Owen / Branchlines Many congratulations to Julie Jowett (of St John's) in her appointment as the new manager in February 2004.

How Stean Gorge adapted from the article by Katie Baldwin of Yorkshire Post Newspapers

How Stean Gorge will be the site of the baptisms in May when 12 people are baptised by Harrogate's New Life Church. The minister, who was himself baptised in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk, said the outdoor ceremonies were simply following the example of John the Baptist. "How Stean will be an ideal site for baptisms and the point we have chosen for them is overlooked by a bridge so people can have a fine vantage point," he said. The minister said church members chose when to be baptised and ceremonies would only take place when the waters at How Stean were calm and safe, as the beck could become turbulent after heavy rain.

Vacancy: HYPeR Administrator (February 2004)

Hours: 4 per week; rate of pay: £8.00 per hour. Applicants must be in sympathy with the Christian ethos of the organisation. Applications had to be in by 13 February 2004. Note: as the work involves young people in our community, the appointment is subject to CRB check.

Wednesday, 21 January: Spotlight at Wesley: Rev Dr Neil Richardson

1-2pm at Wesley Chapel. (Map) The President of the Methodist Conference chose to speak on "Can the Church Survive?" Questions followed Dr Richardson's talk.Summary available.

Mondays from 12 January: English Churches in an Age of Reform (1750-1900)

WEa Course in ten parts, 10am at Community House, East Parade (Map). Two hour sessions on: The Anglican Evangelicals, Methodism, The Oxford Movement, Roman Catholic church, Churches State & Education, Churches & Social conditions and finishing with Christianity and Science. Designed to provide understanding of this aspect of English history.

Thursday 29 January: CEO & HR Managers Conference, Leeds

Hosted by Faithworks' Joy Madeiros and Dave Hitchcock with Steve Chalke MBE. An opportunity to explore in depth the issues raised by the new employment legislation and help organisations and churches ensure that their employment practices comply with the changed law. More information on the Faithworks website, tel: 020 7450 9071, or the January Events page of this website.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

A listing of events is available on this website; also noted within the Who's Who page of this website.

24 January: Men's breakfast with Geoff Shattock: 'Living under Pressure'

8-9:30am at the White Hart Hotel (Map). Organised by St Mark's. Tickets £10.