News from the Diocese of York Friday 29th November 2013

New Readers in the Diocese of York

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, licenced nine new Readers in the Diocese of York in York Minster on Saturday 16th November. Read more at:

Volunteering in Middlesbrough

Many churches and Christian organisations are working hard to help people in the Middlesbrough area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. Together Middlesbrough has developed a Volunteer Noticeboard on our website to help match people who have time and skills to offer to a wide variety of volunteering opportunities. These range from activities for children and the elderly, to cafe drop-in centres, food banks and support for refugees and asylum seekers. Find out more at

Report from General Synod

Ros Brewer, one of our General Synod Representatives, has written a report on the November sessions, including the Draft Legislation on Women in the Episcopate. You can download this below and read highlights of Synod:

New Diocesan representatives on General Synod

Heather Black (House of Laity) and Paul Hutchinson (Proctors in Convocation) have been elected to represent the Diocese of York at General Synod. Please pray for them as they begin this ministry. Congratulations Heather and Paul!

Church Urban Fund and Credit Unions

There’s a new report from the Church Urban Fund on credit unions and building an ethical financial system.  This report looks at background to the issues surrounding the problem of payday lending and the role credit unions can play in building a more ethical financial system: Archbishop Justin recently spoke at CUF’s annual conference on seeking justice, and you can watch or read this here:

Wreaths of mystery!

A display of personalised wreaths from businesses, organisations and individuals will be on show over the Christmas period at Emmanuel Church, Saltburn.  The exhibition is called ‘Not Your Usual Christmas Wreath’, and features sugar mice, corks, feathers and even Thunderbird figures. It starts with a drinks and nibbles launch at 6.30pm on Friday December 6th at Emmanuel Church’s ArtSpace and can be viewed every Saturday 1- 4pm up to Christmas. Visitors will be able to do their bit in making a group mosaic wreath.

What’s On  

For a list of what’s on in the Diocese, visit