West Park URC developments

The 'Stray View' narthex and coffee shop and fellowship area has been completed by the end of April 2009; formal opening by Kevin Watson, Moderator of the URC Yorkshire Synod on 4 June

CTH Exec and secretarial developments

A summary page of Developments for 2009 and planned changes taking effect from the AGM on 13 May 2009, along with some of the background and the ethos of CTH over the last seven years.

Sunday 10 May: Celebration for Pentecost - postponed

Royal Hall, Harrogate; this event has been postponed to possibly 2010 (28/1/09)

HYPeR manager

The Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment from 1 May 2009 of their new manager, Rita Lister. See also: HYPeR Googlesite

Wesley Owen opening hours

The Harrogate branch of Wesley Owen is open Monday to Saturday, closed on Wednesdays from Easter 2009

Harrogate Advertiser Reader Panel

All welcome to contribute to a new Reader Panel, making it easy for the community to tell the good folk at Ackrills what you think about our newspaper and website. By joining the Panel, you'll have a regular opportunity to suggest what they're doing well – and what might be improved or developed.

CLAY 2009-10

Christian Learning Across Yorkshire events listing now available

Sunday 10 May: Celebration for Pentecost - postponed

Royal Hall, Harrogate; this event has been postponed to possibly 2010 (28/1/09)


An ecumenical group of women meeting at St Mark's on Wednesdays in term time, 1.45-3.30pm for fellowship and teaching. This term: 'Saints in Evangelism' training material by J John

ISP server apologies

Our apologies for our ISP server downtime on Monday 30 March.

Clergy News: Canon Paul Hooper

Warm congratulations to Paul on the news (just before Easter 2009) of his appointment as Director of Clergy Development for the Anglican Ripon & Leeds Diocese. The post will take effect later this year. Paul has served as vicar of St Mark's for some fourteen years and was the 2003-4 President of Churches Together in Harrogate. Our prayers and best wishes go with him and his family as he prepares for his new ministry and work across the diocese, with a new home base in Harrogate.

April spoofs

April spoofs for 2009 have been archived to their own webpage within this website.

Our gratitude to those wellwishers who spotted the stories and encouraged the Secretary to 'copyright the songs since they were likely to be used in churches this coming Sunday...'

With thanks to Father Jack Ministries

Vacancy: Director of Music

Christ Church is seeking applications for the post of Director of Music, closing date 31 March; more details via the Christ Church webpage

Vacancies: St Paulinus Singers

Tenors required, especially for 16 May concert at St Mark's. Highlights of the programme: Hear my Prayer Mendelssohn - part of his birthday celebrations and the Mendelssohn festival on the BBC; also Jesu Meine Freude and Schubert Mass in G. Rehearsals are Wednesdays in Ripon from 22 April.

Vacancies: GCSE Humanities and qualified pre-school teachers

At the International School in Iringa near Andy & Susie Hart (Neema Crafts)

Churches Together in Knaresborough

Sunday service listings were included in the Church Diary page from 29 March 2009

Beds needed: Caring for Life

Single beds required at Caring For Life. Must have fire regulation label on mattress.

Thursday Meals Rota

A copy of the current and next rota is now available on this website; the rota list is also linked via the Local Groups and Regular News Featurespages

Sunday 10 May: Celebration for Pentecost - postponed

Royal Hall, Harrogate; this event has been postponed to possibly 2010 (28/1/09)

Anglican Diocesan mailings

Contents list and downloads available on the Diocesan website

West Park URC

Work to enlarge the coffee shop/vestibule at West Park commenced 23 January; coffee shops continue on Thursdays only in the hall along with Sunday worship services. Re-opening expected by Easter 2009.

Churches Together: The Exec committee continued the exploration from their 9 September 2008 meeting for ways to develop and improve the secretarial and executive work of Churches Together in Harrogate. The Annual Assembly looked at the various elements of the ministry in January 2009 and a Working Group met on 13 March 2009, reporting back to the Exec on Thursday 26 March at Trinity; more info from members of the Exec team or via your Area Group.

Harrogate YfC website

Daryll Hackett and team relaunched the YfC website at the end of February

HYPeR Manager

With Jo Nevitt stepping down, the Trustees of HYPeR are seeking a new manager, salary £9,360 for approx 18 hours per week includes Friday evenings, some daytime hours in school holidays and short sessions after school spent with the young people.

Church House Trust News

New secretary: Helen Smith, 25 Torrs Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 4TB.

Next disbursement meeting: Wednesday 11 February 2009

Church break-in

Vigilance for church security especially after a break in at St John's, Bilton on the night of Thursday 15 January; their three stolen Communion Sets appear to now have been found

Sunday 10 May: Celebration for Pentecost - postponed

Royal Hall, Harrogate; this event has been postponed to possibly 2010 (28/1/09)

Church websites

Elim and Harrogate Healing Rooms have recently launched their own websites

Vacancy: Caretaker

St Peters church is seeking part time caretaker, initially 12 hours a week, £7ph (including Wednesdays and Thursdays), responsible for welcoming all who come to church during the week and make use of the premises; closing date 19 January 2009

Gaza fast and vigil

Prayer and fasting continues daily in the North Transept at York Minster between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Local initiatives welcome; support and info from PSC/York PSC