Highlights from Horsforth Chaplaincy Project

The team from Horsforth Chaplaincy Project share some highlights from 2023.

The Cafe of Hope – 30 people from different churches came together in October 2023 to celebrate what is already happening and to share ideas about what is on our heart for Horsforth”. We watched a new bespoke video “Horsforth Stories of Hope” and had great discussions on themes of young people, people struggling, later life, children and families, refugees, climate, communication and others.

The Great Get Together in September – there was an informal gathering of 65 people in September 2023 with a mixture of those seeking sanctuary and local residents including police and local councillors. The Parish Centre room at St Margaret’s was full with the buzz of chatter as people ate international food and made connections. Three people gave short talks reflecting on aspects of their life here, enabling increased understanding of those seeking sanctuary. We then finished with some spontaneous dancing!

Rewind to Christmas – was a great success with 300 Year 4 children fully engaged in the story of the first Christmas through interactive activities. Carols in the Park was cancelled this year due to stormy weather and unsafe ground. However a new Wreath Festival plus a Kids Christmas Trail and other activities at The Grove (alongside the Lights Switch On) were very busy with hundreds of visitors.