Posts Tagged ‘event’

Meet Jude Smith, our day away contributor

Posted: October 30, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, revive
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It’s less than two weeks until our day away, and I thought you’d like to meet Jude Smith, known on twitter as @gingervicar:

Hi Jude, can you tell us where that accent comes from?

Hello, yeah- I’m from Luton.. which when typed has a T in the middle but rarely does in spoken form.

Some of us know Liz West, who first recommended you to me and us. What did you two get up to together?

I first worked with Liz when we were setting up some peer led cells in Luton. Liz advised us and we had a great time translating from St Albans to Lutonian (a bit like from Harrogate to Gipton). Liz became my mentor, and walked me through one of the darker moments of my life. More recently Liz has introduced me to the enneagram!

Can you tell us something good about Luton?

It’s a little bit of the North in the South. Its incredibly in your face and is one of the only places in the country where people are having difficult but honest conversations about race and culture. It has an amazing carnival, some of the most radical thinking community work in the country, is a Labour beachhead in the midst of Tory madness. Its a place that has historically birthed extremists- some get all the headlines but over the years some of those extremists have been extreme for good.

You live and work in Cottingley, an oft-neglected part of South Leeds. I’ve lived in Leeds for 40 years and only ever been there to visit you. What’s it like?

I’m going to use a cliche; “it’s an island”. Depending on your personality that can be a good or bad thing. It has a sort of stability that holds it together, but also a stagnancy that threatens to crush all creativity. The twin towers create a micro climate: its always breezy! It suffers from being the butt end of LS11, without all the shabby chic of Beeston. But it has in its midst some real innovation, some brilliant people and a real generosity.

And what have you been doing there?

My official title is pioneer minister. What that has meant on Cottingley is that I have spent three years working with the ecumenical church there to see them grow in discipleship, and to grow in confidence to be a missional community. Its early days in many ways but we are now at a place where the church has a plan to reach out to the estate, but also has the experience of God’s transformation among them which gives them a distinct edge.. I’ve also kicked off a youth project which works with young people through the transition of primary to secondary school.

You have been given a Sunday off work. What would you do?

Get up- read the papers (which would have miraculously arrived somehow). Nice coffee and food, then some kind of exercise.. later maybe a film and good food with people. Finish the day with a decent book.. Or a half marathon (All the best races are on Sundays)..

What’s the last CD/DVD/book/game you bought?

Is it sad that I bought my friend’s CD? Drowning In the Shallow by Andy Flannagan.

Can you tell us anything about what we’ll be doing together on the 10th November?

I’m hoping that we will get to spend some time digging around in the book of Acts to give us a framework to think about how we can have a spirituality that gets us looking outwards rather than gazing at our own navels. There will be (I hope) something for everyone, a bit of meditative reflection, a bit of Bible teaching, some discussion, time to talk and time to think..

And finally, why are you a Christian?

When I was fifteen someone told me about Jesus for the first time. I found this man who was God to be utterly compelling. This powerful, yet humble, murdered yet victorious paradox still has me hooked…


Connect to the City

Posted: October 16, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, Leeds
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Thought some of you might like to know that there’s a great event on in Leeds for everyone from the church that cares about social action in the city. It’s an amazing opportunity to see what’s going on around Leeds, and it’s on the 6th November. This year the theme is diversity…

Christmas, already!

Posted: October 15, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, Left Bank
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Revive doesn’t really do religion very well – that’s sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident or neglect.

But Christmas is different, particularly because so many other people do religion at Christmas. Last year Left Bank gave away 360 free tickets to its Carol Service, and this year there will be two. Our ‘Left Bank God Group’ (suggestions for a better name are welcome) is actively supporting Left Bank in developing its programme to reflect the Christian faith that founded both the original church and the new arts project. Stuff like the carol services are obviously part of that, even though our main focus will be ADVENTurous.

If you’d like to come to one (or both) of the services, you’ll need to either volunteer or get tickets, and tickets are already going fast. Here they are:

Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols, 9th December:

Family Carol Service 16th December:

News: ADVENTurous

Posted: September 26, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, Left Bank, News
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In December we are having another Advent art exhibition. This time we’re teaming up with Si Smith, Gav Mart in Wales and the Uni0n Chapel in London and calling the whole event ADVENTurous. A blog has just started:

The private view will be on December 2nd, so get that date in the diary. Also, we’ll be looking for everyone to contribute a session of ‘invigilation’, i.e. staffing the exhibition in the first few weeks of December.

It’s going to be great!

News: The Narnia Experience

Posted: September 25, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, Left Bank, News
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Great news has reached us this week. The Left Bank group have been working on funding for projects for Christmas 2012 and 2013. 2012 will be ADVENTurous (more on that later), but 2013 is going to be the biggest thing we’ve ever done by some margin: The Narnia Experience.

Based on a similar production in Liverpool, we will transform Left Bank into Narnia for a promenade retelling of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Here’s an advert for the production in Liverpool in February:

Lynsey and Angharad from the group have received three months of funding for a ‘feasibility study’ to work with churches and other organisations up to Christmas to check that there will be a groundswell of support for this massive project. Because of the size of the project, 15 months is actually not that long to get it off the ground, so please pray for everyone involved that we can get the work done and inspire the hundreds of volunteers that the project would need.

November 10th – our next day away

Posted: September 12, 2012 by reviveleeds in Events, News, revive
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That’s it for now. Watch this space for more info.