The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew Rastrick

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For coming Events at St Matthew's in 2019  see our Facebook Page (or consult the Calendar) 


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Revd Canon Marion

In the stunning surroundings of Ripon Cathedral our Vicar Revd Marion - now Revd Canon Marion - was one of 6 canons who were installed by Dean John, during a wonderful choral evensong on Sunday 15th September 2019. This is a great honour from Bishop Nick for Canon Marion and for our parishes.  


Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019
Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

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Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

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On the 31st August 2019, we held our Annual AwayDay.
For the first time we held the AwayDay at 'The Space', Field Lane with St John's Church, Rastrick.
AwayDay at 'The Space'












The Theme of the AwayDay was 'Growing with Challenge'. We took time out to build on the 'Cake and Conversation' afternoons held at the Vicarages during August. The question which we faced was 'How do we adapt our patterns of worship within the Benefice of Rastrick, to meet the needs of  the community whilst retaining all the elements that we value, and all in a sustainable way ?'

As an introduction to the activities, John Hearson  (St John's) and Richard Kay (St Matthew's) shared their Experiences of Worship :
John's Adventures in Worship 
Richard's Worship Experiences

 We all went home feeling that the day had been a great success, and the food we had brought went further than we expected!

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Bishop Nick Baines


25 Bishops including Bishop Nick Baines write open letter calling for reconciliation in the light of events at Westminster  surrounding Brexit and exchanges in parliament







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A Father's Love 1Watch the Video 'A Fathers Love' as part of  'Thy Kingdom Come'

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Download the Conference Business Digest - A Report for local churches about the business of the 2018 Methodist Conference. You can also download the Readers Guide to Mission and Ministry in Covenant. The guide summarises the proposals that have been welcomed by the Church of England's General Synod in February 2018. Conference directed further work be undertaken on the proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into closer communion with one another.

  Bishop Nick

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop  of Leeds: recently wrote about the Brexit Debate in Westminster.   Read Bishop Nick's blog

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Sadly, the West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council has been disbanded as from the 31st December 2016. Meetings of Senior Church leaders and Ecumenical Officers will in the future be convened under the title of 'West Yorkshire Churches Together". Watch this space for developments.

West Yorkshire Churches Together website.

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Leeds  Diocesan News 

Diocesan News January 2017


Diocesan e-news       

 Diocesan Environment e-news. March  2019 - Issue 23


West Yorkshire Methodist District Newslettters

The Methodist Church E-News

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From Testimony Faith Homes, Eldoret, Kenya - John Green's blog   Daryl, Esther and John Green

and the Testimony Faith Homes    

October 2018 Update and  October 2018 Thanks

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Miriam Knowles CMSFrom CMS Neema Crafts, Tanzania   -    Miriam Knowles' blog and

Miriam's Newsletter January  2017

Miriam's Link Letter No 9 January 2017

Miriam's Newsletter September 2017

Miriam'sLink letter No 10 September 2017

Miriam's Newsletter October 2018

Miriam's Newsletter No. 13 February 2019

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The Church of England newspaper - The Church Times

The Church of England Newspaper

The Methodist Church Newspaper - The Methodist Recorder  (not available on-line) except on Twitter

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Letter from Secretary of Methodist Conference 
of 7 July 2016 Resolution following Referendum on EU Membership


The August Edition of the Diocesan News contains a letter from all the Diocesan Bishops on the subject of Reconcilation following the EU Referendum.