On Holy Cross Day the Church celebrates the Cross as a symbol of triumph, as the sign of Christ’s victory over death. Holy Cross Day goes right back to 14 September 335, and we have the mother of a Roman Emperor to thank for it.

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Being the people of God is not a title; it is an invitation to walk with Christ amongst men, women and children as an agent of transformation. Last year I noted as we read Matthew's Gospel each week that the Kingdom of God comes in inches. The sign of transformation is: a mustard seed, a pearl, treasure in a field, or a net. What makes the ordinary extraordinary? Faith matters have always led to questioning, enquiry and revelation. Here is an opportunity to ask questions, increase our understanding, and to learn from neighbours outside the Christian tradition.

I asked Bishop Nick in November last year what resources he was committing in our new diocese to bring about the changes to renew the church. He looked around the room in which we were gathered in and said, "All the resources we have are here." That is true for us also: the brains, the muscle, and the will to produce a First Festival of Faith in the Holme Valley lies squarely at our door. The team council and joint PCCs committed the Anglican team early last summer to a programme of prayer, planning and action aimed specifically at promoting our faith in Christ to people living and working in the Holme Valley. Bishop Jonathan visited the team at the anniversary service in January this year and told us that the task of sharing faith was urgent. If we didn't make headway, then in 20 years the church would be gone in this area. He was direct, challenging and honest. Can we be the same?

The Festival of Faith currently being planned will run over 9 days beginning with a civic service at Holmfirth Parish Church with Bishop Jonathan..... then it is out into the world. We cannot proclaim or model our faith behind closed doors. This Festival means together we have to take risks. There are some large team-wide events planned: a comedy night, a cricket match; working in schools and with families. But the real work will be done by you in your parish and through your commitment to support other parishes, by volunteering, or helping to organise an event, or inviting a friend to something. Here is an opportunity for each of us to carry the mission of God's church out into our neighbourhoods. So let's be creative, and have some fun whilst aiming at something which challenges both us and our neighbour.

Recently we secured a commitment from seven students who are being formed for ministry at Mirfield theological college, to support us throughout the Festival. Planning the Festival is demanding and has needed patience. Currently the heart of the programme focuses on team and parish based events, there is a great deal more planning to do, but would you please commit to pray for the Festival, and think how you might play your part in supporting it and by inviting your neighbours to get involved. The Festival Prayer follows. Will you start praying it daily?

Gracious God, you call us to be the Church of Jesus Christ in the Holme Valley.

Keep us one in faith and service as we share the Good News of your love.


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