From the Vicar Its raining hard outside as I sit to write this October newsletter. The Summer has now gone, and Autumn beckons as the leaves change colour, the temperature drops, and the rain arrives. Just as the earth moves on in its seasons, so too does the church, as we prepare for the end of Ordinary Time, and for the end of the Church’s year in November. These last few days I’ve been very focused on writing Services for some special occasions in the next few weeks. The first being a service on Saturday 2nd November at 11.30am to mark the 160th anniversary of the consecration of All Souls Haley Hill and the 50th anniversary of the Churches Conservation Trust. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate in this wonderful building that still speaks of God on the sky line, and in these last few years, being used by the local community more than in many years past. The following Day we welcome Bishop Chris Edmondson to our annual Initiation Service, when he will baptise, admit children to Holy Communion, and confirm. Its one of the most important services of the year as it demonstrates a growing community both in depth and spirituality as well as in numbers. The end of the Church’s year is the last Sunday in November when we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. This is special for us in that we mark the tenth anniversary of the re designation of being a Minster and all that has been achieved over the past ten years. The weekend will be led by the brothers from The College of the Resurrection Mirfield, with a day on the Saturday exploring Benedictine Spirituality, and a Civic Service on the Sunday morning. But before we get to November October brings a number of services and events of its own: Saturday 5th in the evening an Organ Recital by Professor Ian Tracy of Liverpool Cathedral; Harvest Festival on Sunday 13th October; a concert given by Overgate Hospice Choir on Saturday 19th October; and a large visiting Choir from Erfurt in Germany coming to sing the Eucharist on Sunday 20th with the Bishop of Huddersfield Presiding and Preaching; Thursday 24th we host the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra and on Saturday 26th That Comedy Thing at the Minster – both events as part of the Halifax Comedy Festival in partnership with the Victoria Theatre. October also sees the end of this year’s Organ Recital Series, organised by our Director of Music Graham Gribbin. The Series continues to grow and has become hugely successful, with up to 80 people attending on a Thursday lunchtime. Our thanks to Graham and his team for organising this on behalf of the Minster, and for the monies raised, which go to support the whole Music Department, be it for the Choir or repairs to the Harrison organ. Yesterday there was a meeting about the Tree Festival in December: if you want a tree or know of an organisation that might want to sponsor a tree, please get in touch with the Minster Office, because we think they will go like hot cakes this year! With every good wish for the month to come, Hilary