Festival 2017 coming 1st to 7th July
Saturday 1st July at 7.30pm in Holmbridge Hall
Gareth Davies Jones in Concert
Gareth Davies Jones in Concert
Tickets available soon from all the Anglican Churches and through this site
Watch one of his videos below
Check out Gareth's own site to hear more of his music
The Festival of Faith 2017 will also feature Bishop John Pritchard
John, a retired Bishop and prolific author and sought after speaker will be joining us for 2 events during the Festival week.
A Potted review of the previous Festival from 2015.....
Saturday 4th July
Songs of Praise
The last Festival Item was Songs of Praise, hosted by Dr Geoff Lockwood and local ‘Mr Music’ Mr James Morgan at Christ Church, it was both gentle and uplifting. It was also delightful to see so many excellent singers and musicians at the event.
At the end of a busy festival we welcome our new colleague Rev Evelyne Barrow pictured here with her family, ordained deacon this afternoon in Ripon Cathedral by Bishop Nick Banes.
Friday 3rd July
Family Twist with Paul Cookson
Having spent the last 2 days touring many of our local schools, Paul brought his show into the centre of Holmfirth and entertained both children and parents with poetry, music and laughter. All were agreed we'd love to have him back soon!
Thursday 2nd July
The day when Paul Cookson arrived in the valley and began his tour of the Primary schools. Both teachers and children are giving rave reviews. Paul will continue his Assembly tour tomorrow before his 'Family Twist' event tomorrow evening.
The Get Up and Grow event at The Community Garden on Sude hill was only slightly dampened by the rain whilst safe indoors the students shared some personal stories about their faith journeys over soup and sandwiches.
Our second 'Be Still' event was again very well attended as people spent 40 minutes in God's presence learning some ancient prayer practices
Wednesday 1st July
Questions for God, God in the Great outdoors, Mr and Mrs
Why is there so much suffering?
Aren't all religions the same?
What happens after you die?
Why hasn't God shown himself to us?
Just a few of the questions posed as 48 people met in the air conditioned function room at Brambles, Holmfirth. Several invited guests presented their own considered responses. What is clear that all of us, Christians and non Christians alike have questions. There will be more opportunities this autumn to pose and explore many more!
The second God in the Great outdoors took place around Netherthong on the hottest day of the year and was enjoyed by all. Married couples enjoyed a wonderful evening together at Stocksmoor Village hall sharing their experiences of marriage.
Tuesday 30th June
Today saw a whole range of events from the sharing of prose and poetry to asking questions about the Christian faith and engaging in discussion, to the viewing of the film 'The Way'
Another day of variety and depth at the first ever Holme Valley Festival of Faith!
Monday 29th June
Poems and Pints
A great time at the Stumble Inn tonight! Poems of every description – they really did cover the sublime to the ridiculous! See the blog for a composition written especially for the Festival!
Cricket & Rounders
A sporting endeavour to rival the Ashes or Wimbledon, as Thurstonland Cricket Pitch saw the Festival's great afternoon of friendly sport, and a wonderful community BBQ
Sunday 28th June
Heavenly Bake Off
Wooldale Community Centre
‘The Heavenly Bake Off’ at the Wooldale Community Centre was a wonderful marriage of theology and chocolate sponge with some truly memorable pieces of edible sculpture on display.
28 people gathered in the West End Room of St. David's Holmbridge to watch several sections of a debate, 'Is God a Delusion' between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox
Lively discussion ensued in relaxed café style environment. Watch out for the major follow up event on Tuesday 13th October with guest speakers and 'Question Time' style format,
Saturday 27th June
Andy Kind goes down a storm!
Comedian Andy Kind, part of the UK 'clean comedy scene' entertained a full house in Holmbridge Hall. His story telling and banter with the audience will long be remembered as will his honest comments during the after show interview where he talked about the joy he's found in Jesus and the gift of God he believes laughter to be.
Friday 26th June
Bishop Jonathan launches the first ever Holme Valley Festival of Faith
An evening of celebration and huge encouragement, rounded off with our specially brewed 'Festival Favourite' Beer.
A rousing address from Bishop Jonathan reminded us of our calling to bring the reconciling love of God, real hope, to all people and to the whole of creation. That's what this Festival aims to celebrate.