A video to mark One Year On since England went into the first lockdown has been produced by church and community groups in Halifax and surrounding areas.
The video, a joint initiative of Halifax Elim Church and King’s Church Halifax, aims to provide an opportunity to reflect on our journey through the last twelve months, to thank those who have gone above and beyond, and to help us look forward in hope for the future.
Contributions to the video include: the Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs; The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Ed Anderson; Halifax MP Holly Lynch; CEO of the Calderdale and Kirklees NHS Trust Owen Williams; Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Angela Williams; Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Nicky Chance-Thompson DL; and schools worker for Christians in Calderdale Schools Chris Mason.
Church communities who have contributed are: All Saints’ Salterhebble; Christ Church Sowerby Bridge; Christ Church Pellon; Calderdale Methodist Circuit; Halifax Elim Church; Holy Nativity Mixenden; King’s Church Halifax and St Augustine’s. Music is provided by both Halifax Elim Church and worship leaders and songwriters Cath and Angus MacGregor.
Community Pastor at Halifax Elim Church and inspiration behind the video, Reverend Marcus Bennett, said, “This last twelve months has been extremely impactful and life changing in so many ways. I had the idea to pull together a video to help communities across Halifax and Calderdale reflect and remember, but also to look forward with a new sense of hope. The contributions from community leaders and the church will be a focus for many as we stand together to mark One Year On.”
Paul Blakey MBE, Operations and Development Manager at King’s Church, Halifax, (and chair of CICS Trustees) commented, “The renewed sense of community has become an important part of the last twelve months. One aim of this video is to say thank you, from both church and community, to those who have stepped up and gone above and beyond in so many ways. Twelve months ago most of us thought that this would all be over within a few weeks, yet through these strange and difficult weeks we have seen moments of grace, hope and joy that is at the heart of the message of Jesus, and we hope this video shares some of that.”
The video is available to watch at https://youtu.be/7pzXmLpNqGc
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An amazing afternoon with the wonderfully talented Halifax Young Singers Official. A great start to our 20th celebration year, look back on all we have achieved and look ahead to supporting young people in schools across our Borough. Thanks to all the singers!!!
This year the work of CICS celebrates 20 years since the initial meetings to look at how the church in Calderdale supports our schools.
20 years on and the Trustees and Workers sensed that we needed to evaluate the work of CICS in a changing educational and cultural environment.
We realised that the main need in schools is around pastoral support.
In one local High School we have successfully mentored over 100 young people and are now integrated into the life of that school offering mentoring, Question Point, support for the staff team and occasional lessons and assemblies.
In another local area CICS is involved in the running of ‘Open The Book’ in Primary Schools, the distribution of ' It's Your Move' as the young people make the transition and then lunch time activity, Question Point, group mentoring and occasional lessons within the High School.
Moving forward we believe this is a far better model.
To this end we are looking to change the way we work. Our heart is to become an integrated part of High Schools in the Borough as we see that better fits the needs of schools and young people. This will take time - but do please continue to support, pray and stand with us as we work this out!
CICS will, however, continue to work across the whole of Calderdale as, partnering with local church communities, we distribute 2,000 copies of 'It's Your Move' books to Y6 children each year and encourage church/school links with this and 'Open the Book'. Where invited we will still aim to offer assemblies, faith days and lessons in High Schools.
For further information, comments, offers of support (e.g. running one of our 20 events in 2020 to raise awareness / pray / raise funds) please
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Many thanks for your continued support...
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