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£100 investment in HOPE for every Wakefield church

The Bishop of Wakefield is giving every church in his diocese £100 to help kick start a community initiative to mark his tenth anniversary as diocesan bishop and to celebrate the HOPE 2014 year of mission.

Inspired by the parable of the talents, the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten will hand out the money at a special 10th anniversary service in Wakefield Cathedral on 22 September 2013. It will be up to each church how they use the money – but it is has to be used for a community project that will touch as many people – young and old – as possible.  Each church will be asked to submit their idea for their community project before Christmas and the event or project must be recorded in pictures for everyone to share during 2014 to tie in with HOPE 2014.

The Bishop of Pontefract and Suffragan Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson has spearheaded a poverty network across the diocese with support from the Church Urban Fund and well understands the difficulties facing some of the people in our parishes today.

He said: “This initiative speaks right to the heart of our faith and what it is to love our neighbour. Many people in our diocese are struggling with the effects of the present financial situation and the swathing cuts in benefits and public services. I hope this will be a small contribution to community action at a local level”

The Bishop of Wakefield said he had been inspired by what had been achieved with the Parable of the Talents initiative in Kirkheaton Parish when the rector there, Revd Richard Steel, gave his parishioners £10 as seed capital to help boost the church’s fundraising project. He hoped some parishes might take their £100 and “grow it in their own way”. 

“I have been encouraged by how people really connected with the Parable of the Talents; people were doing all sorts of clever things, dog walking, bird boxes, chocolate truffles, it really inspired people.
“I want to encourage each church to look outward into their communities and use this money to provide something that will touch and connect with those around them for some time to come,”
he said.



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