From the Vicar

Dear All,

Last Sunday, 13th September, saw Bishop Nick (Bishop of Leeds) preside at the Sung Eucharist and presentation of historical records by the Halifax branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society. This brought a twelve year project to a close, and the Minster now has four beautifully bound copies of everything contained within the Minster. Our profound thanks go to all concerned.

In that service we also presented our Administrator with flowers and words of gratitude, as Gillian finishes her work officially at the end of September. She has served two Incumbents and the whole community for some twelve years. Gill has always gone the extra mile, worked hours of overtime, and been willing to muck in with everything we have tried to achieve over that time. We wish her every blessing for what lies ahead in God’s great plan for her.

As Gillian leaves, George Oakes arrived, as our first Intern. George will be with us for nearly twelve months, experiencing everything the Minster has to offer a young and energetic 19 year old, who wants to find out about the Church and ministry. Please invite him into your hearts and homes.

Sadly, news has been made public that Chris Brown, our Director of Music is to leave at Christmas. Chris has been with us for a few years, and directed the choir on television, radio, tours to Germany and Brecon, not to mention some significant services here in the Minster. Chris has also left an important legacy in terms of the maintenance of the Harrison organ, which whilst still requiring significant restoration, is now very well cared for, and with a strategic vision for going forward. I am now to head up a review of the Music Department, and would value input from the whole community. Please write, email, and talk with me about what you value from the music department, and any changes you’d like the Church Council to consider. The timescale for the review is to receive submissions during October, and for a presentation to be given to the Church Council in November for a January start.

This month sees the Minster hosting visitors from Africa. Firstly, Canon Arthur Mauya and his colleague Malena – Arthur is the Mara Link Officer for the Diocese, and he will be preaching for us at Harvest Festival on 11th October. Secondly, Canon Francis Sender, will come at the end of the month for the first two weeks of November. Francis is the Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Mara. At the Church Council meeting on 15th September, it was agreed to financially support a new Orphanage run by our mission partners at Kowack Cathedral, for the new Diocese of Rorya, which has come out of the Diocese of Mara. Please give them a truly warm Yorkshire welcome!

It’s a busy month: the Friends AGM, the RSPCA Service, lots of concerts, Rishworth Prizegiving, and at the end of the month we host an event for the new Halifax Comedy Festival – now that should be interesting!

With every good wish,