Prayers during Lent

Throughout Lent, we’re offering a time and space for prayer. On Tuesdays at 5.00 pm you can join us for the prayer for the day, either in person in the church, or online. On Thursdays, round off the day at 9.00 pm by joining us online for the calm of the night prayer.

Find out more at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/prayers.

Revision of electoral roll

Revision of the parish electoral roll will take place between 23 April and 7 May. If you are not currently on the electoral roll and wish to be, see our Electoral Roll Officer Catherine Sirrell or one of our churchwardens for an application form. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]

Stations of the Cross

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. In the 1500s, villages all over Europe started creating replicas of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem – a way to make this small part of a pilgrimage accessible without travelling to the Holy Land. Eventually, these shrines became the set of fourteen Stations we now know and which are placed in so many Churches in the world.

This Good Friday you’re invited to join us in person at 7.30 pm as we travel the Stations, or you can follow the journey yourself on our website at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/stations, either on your own or guided by our recordings.

Ripon Cathedral 1,350th

This year Ripon Cathedral is marking an incredible milestone, celebrating 1,350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672 AD.

The Cathedral is hosting a series of events to mark this.  For more details, please visit www.riponcathedral.org.uk/1350th.

Easter Egg-stravaganza holiday club

In partnership with churches in East Leeds, Connecting Crossgates will be providing food and activities and covering the Easter story for over 100 children and families over the Easter school break, and would love more people from across the churches to join in.

Help is needed with craft activities on tables, serving refreshments, wiping tables and tidying up. If you can spare an hour between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm, it would be appreciated!

Monday 4 April and Tuesday 5th April at St Richards Church in Seacroft Wednesday 6 April and Thursday 7th April at Manston St James Parish Hall

If you’re interested, email [email protected] or telephone Kären on 07985 035125.

A service of thanks & action

Today at 3.30 pm
St Richard’s Church, Seacroft

Join the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, for a service of thanks and action supporting those in food crisis.

The food bank at St Richard’s Church continues to support hundreds of families during the ongoing cost of living crisis, and all are welcome to join this service, pray, offer thanks for the hard work and generosity so far and reflect on what can be done to ultimately bring an end to the hunger experienced by too many.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

This Thursday 7 April at 7.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Pre-Easter retreat day with Bishop Nick

This Saturday 9 April at 10.00 am
St Paul’s Church, Ireland Wood

Take a break from parish life and come to this day on the theme of “Preparing for Surprise: Deserts, Oases and Hope”. Based on Isaiah 40-55, this day led by Bishop Nick works alongside the Rhythm of Life initiative from the Diocese of Leeds.

The day is free, and drinks are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own packed lunch. To book onto the day, please get in touch with [email protected] and say how many places you would like.

Sung Eucharist for Palm Sunday with procession and dramatic reading of the Passion

Next Sunday 10 April at 10.00 am
St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk

Celebrate Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem with us as we head into Holy Week by processing in song from the Community Centre to the church. Then during the service, we hear a dramatic reading of the Passion, setting our minds for the week to come.

Messy Church

Next Sunday 10 April at 4.00 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Church, but more hands-on. Join us in the Community Centre for drinks and a biscuit, get stuck in with activities around the week’s theme, and then end with a short, informal act of worship in the church.

Join us after the service for refreshments

You are warmly invited to join us after the service for refreshments in our Community Centre.

We recommend you wear a face covering whilst moving around the building if you are able.


The Church family

For your prayers

The sick

  • Ginny Camponi
  • Tom Heaphy
  • Jeff Blowers
  • Sharon Clarke
  • Beryl Laverick
  • Shane Simpson
  • Mona Illingworth

Those in long-term care

  • Mary Metcalfe
  • Doreen Haw
  • Margaret Burton
  • George Brown
  • Jennifer Moad
  • Mavis Cross

Recently departed

  • Alan Cross
  • Pat Hyde

Anniversary of death

  • Charles Haw
  • Mildred Butterworth
  • Mary Chadwick
  • Audrey Dignan