Parish Letter & Moving On - June 2018

Rev. Joanna Seabourne

Dear St Augustine's,

Over the last five years Wrangthorn has been blessed by the ministry of interns who have served the church in many different ways. These young adults have also benefited greatly from the experience and have gone on to serve God in many different ways. This has been made possible by St George's providing accommodation and funding for these roles. The diocese has now been granted a significant amount of money to enable this programme to be expanded across the whole of the diocese to enable many other smaller churches across Leeds and beyond to benefit from the presence of young adults exploring their calling, serving the church and helping to build the Kingdom of God.

I will take up the post of Director of this programme at the start of August. It is an amazing opportunity for me to serve the wider church and I am looking forward to it but it will be with great sadness that I say goodbye to Wrangthorn on the 8th of July.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the family of St Augustine's, Wrangthorn over the last six years.

It is an amazing family of believers who demonstrate the welcome of God to many. My prayer is that you will continue to grow as a family both in size and in depth of understanding of the love of God.

In the meantime June is a month of great excitement and new things for us here at Wrangthorn. From the 4th of June there will be 95 students gathering each day to pray and worship before they set off to serve the local community in lots of different ways including gardening, painting, baking and praying. Then the following week the builders will start the project on the porch to level the floor and put in a new door to make it more accessible for people coming in. Work will also be commencing on the North wall to enable us to then repaint the inside.

Then on the 23rd of June we will be sharing our summer extravaganza -an afternoon of games, crafts, food and fun for all the family. Do come and join us and invite people along too.

As we see the building being repaired so we continue to look to God to build us as a community for 'Unless the Lord builds the house, the labourers labour in vain.' (Psalm 127:1).

God Bless,


Church Office and Hall Manager - New Job Opportunity

We are delighted to announce a new job opportunity, and a chance to join the team at St Augustine's Wrangthorn.

We are looking for a highly motivated person to serve as our Church Office and Hall Manager, for 20 hours per week. 

The main purpose of the job is to deliver the day to day administration of the church and hall and to work with the PCC to ensure the effectiveness of their operations. 

For more information, and application details - please head over to our jobs page.


Join us for Thy Kingdom Come prayer events 25th May - 4th June 2017

#Pledge2Pray  - sign up at

#Pledge2Pray  - sign up at

I’d like to share with you my excitement for Thy Kingdom Come and invite you to join in.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, started in 2016, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension (25th May) and Pentecost (4th June) for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family
  • churches will hold prayer events
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Justin Welby says, “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

I invite you to take part:

Pledge2Pray – sign up at

Take part in prayer events here at Wrangthorn on:

Sunday 28th May 5pm - refreshments followed by worship and prayer 5.30pm-6.30pm in Church

Monday 29th May 8pm-midnight :  a half night of worship and prayer in Church. We will be seeking God and asking Him to send a fresh wave of the Holy Spirit across the city of Leeds. 

Wednesday 31st May 10am - join us for Morning Prayer in Room 2 (upstairs in the Hall), linking to the themes of Thy Kingdom Come and followed by tea and coffee. 

Sunday 4th June 5pm - refreshments followed by worship and prayer 5.30pm-6.30pm in Church

I hope you will join me. 

God bless,

Rev. Beverley Sproats

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Breaking down barriers


Shannon Mighty, a first year journalism student at Leeds Beckett University recently explored segregation concerns in the UK, and particularly in the Hyde Park area. In this article she highlights concerns and also shares a story of how St. Augustine's Church 'offers English classes to people with English as a second language, helping people to break down the barriers of segregation.'

St Augustine’s even offers English classes to people with English as a second language, helping people to break down the barriers of segregation.

St. Augustine's offers a beginner's English class on a Monday 1pm-2.30pm in the church. For more details contact Paul Clegg via our contact form. And see our webpage for more information.

Monthly Prayer Meetings

At Wrangthorn, we passionately believe in the power of prayer to change lives and bring about God's Kingdom. You can read more about 'Project Watchtower' here.

We would love you to join us for our monthly prayer meetings. They are held at 7:30pm, Room 2 in the church hall, on the first Monday of each month. We'll pray for ourselves, the church in Hyde Park and Woodhouse, and our world. 

Upcoming dates (to summer 2017):



Easter 2017 - Celebrate With Us

Easter 2017 services.jpg
Easter services 2017.jpg

Maundy Thursday Communion, 7:30pm (Facebook event) - A chance to reflect on the Last Supper, and to prepare our hearts for Easter.

Good Friday Hour at the Cross, 3:00pm (Facebook event) - The greatest sacrifice, and our response to it.

Good Friday Prayer Vigil, 9:00pm till Midnight (Facebook event) - Come to church for as long as you need, to pray and gather our thoughts with various prayer stations.

Easter Sunday Family Communion, 10:30am (Facebook event) - Join us to celebrate the risen Jesus, with activities for all the family.


Project Watchtower: 24/7 Prayer for Wrangthorn?

Whilst struggling with a dental infection over last weekend, I took solace in the Peter Grieg book ‘Red Moon Rising’ – a book which had belonged to my son, but I’d rescued in an attempt to finally clear out his old room (now he has been married for 3½ years!) The title neatly combines the title of a 1969 hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival (in my top 10 groups of all time since I was a teenager), and the ‘blood red moon’ verse at the end of Joel Chapter 2. Grieg’s book blew my mind regarding the potential of intercessory prayer in working with God to move His kingdom forward and seemed to be the next stage in a personal three-year journey with Him deeper into more radical forms of prayer.


Grieg’s book blew my mind regarding the potential of intercessory prayer in working with God to move His kingdom forward and seemed to be the next stage in a personal three-year journey with Him deeper into more radical forms of prayer.

Grieg is one of a small team of people used mightily by God in the late nineties and early 2000s to set up a radical network of young intercessors which became known as the 24/7 network.  Their speciality was setting up local prayer rooms and then having seasons of constant prayer in these spaces.  Grieg was inspired by a German-Moravian prayer movement of the 18th century but his 21st century network quickly spread all over Europe and into Australia and South America.

By possible God-incidence, I started the book at the beginning of a week that was scheduled to end with me preaching on Luke 18 and Jesus’s 11th hour teaching to his disciples on prayer – in particular, being persistent and God-dependent in our approach.  Grieg’s book drew me to the beginning of Isaiah 62, particularly verses 6-7 where the writer talks about “posting watchmen on the walls”, who will give themselves or God “no rest” until He establishes “Jerusalem” and “her salvation” shines out “like a burning torch”.  (This led me to Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and, I thought, a good excuse to play the Nobel Prize winner over the church sound system!)

So, what with Grieg, Luke, Isaiah and Dylan all competing for my attention, I was a little overwhelmed with material for my sermon and apologies if I went on a bit (again!), but I felt inspired with a specific message to give to Wrangthorn.

In particular, I wanted to talk about what it might look like to cover a church week with a more comprehensive timetable of intercession and I to encourage people to engage in what already existed as well as think about committing to some new weekly slots - all in our ‘Prayer Room’, that is Room 2 upstairs in the hall.

These could be as follows:

  • Monday – 8 to 8.30am.
  • Tuesday – 8 to 8.30am.
  • Wednesday – Morning Prayer at 10am.
  • Thursday – as Monday, although I have now had an offer.
  • Friday – 8 to 9am.
  • Sunday – praying for the day’s services at 9.30am. 

If this interests you and you’d like to chat more about what this might involve, please send me an email to:

John Hebden

Students are welcome!

It's an exciting time of the year in Leeds, as our universities start their Freshers' Weeks, and we welcome new and returning students.

We'd love to say hello and get to know you better at either our 10:30am service, or our 5:00pm service - you can find out more here 

We will be praying for you all at this exciting but sometimes challenging time.

God bless,


Heritage Open Day - 21st May 2016

Rev. Joanna Seabourne & one of our wardens, Jim Rowland, discuss St Mark's with Graham.

Rev. Joanna Seabourne & one of our wardens, Jim Rowland, discuss St Mark's with Graham.

Early artefacts from musical concerts held at St Augustine's, and other photographs.

Early artefacts from musical concerts held at St Augustine's, and other photographs.

Here at St Augustine's, we are passionate about sharing our history and heritage with as many people as possible. On Saturday 21st May, we held our 'Heritage Open Day'. 

In the morning, we gathered together as a congregation to share stories of our history, and to tour our building in detail. In many cases, for the first time, we inspected certain artefacts, and also had a chance to view items from the Regional Archives.

From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the afternoon, we opened the building to the general public. We had over 20 visitors, and we were able to share many interesting aspects of our building. We look forward to holding various other open days soon.

Che, Jo, and the Heritage Team

Church Open for Prayer

Dear Community of Wrangthorn,

After the events that have happened within our community we wanted to let you know that St Augustine’s – the church on the corner of Hyde Park Terrace - will be open on Wednesday morning (20th January) from 9am for anyone who wants to come and pray, light a candle or who would value the opportunity to talk with someone.

There will be prayers led for our community at *10am *for half an hour and the church will be open through the rest of the morning for private prayer and reflection.

You are also welcome to join us at our services on Sunday at 10.30am and 5.30pm when we will again be praying for our community.

Rev Joanna Seabourne

We pray for the comfort of God to surround our community,

for the peace of God to rest upon our community,

for the love of God to drive out all fear from our community

and for the light of Christ to shine in our community.

First 5:00pm service at Wrangthorn


We launched our new-style Evening Service on 4th October, and we were delighted to be joined by over 30 people.

We began the service at 5:00pm with coffees and teas, before entering the main body of the church by candlelight. 

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be continuing a sermon series on Exodus, as well as prayerfully reflecting on how we can best serve Hyde Park as a church community.

New Evening Service Launch - This week!

Following various meetings, and times of prayer for our church and the community, we are delighted to be announcing a new Evening Service, from this Sunday 4th October.

We will meet at Wrangthorn Church from 5:00pm for drinks, before starting worship at 5:30pm. We hope very much that you will be able to join us for this exciting new venture, which seeks to blend traditional and contemporary expressions of Christian spiritual worship.

June Project 2015

Today saw the launch of the 2015 June Project. 90 students from 15 churches giving up a week of their time to serve God in the Hyde Park area.

They are meeting to worship God each morning at 9am in Wrangthorn and then setting out in their various teams before gathering again at the end of the day for different social events.

There is baking team, a gardening team, an indoor maintenance team, a nocturnal team, a worship and prayer team, a creative team, and an evangelism team. Over the course of the week they are seeking to share the love of God through practical action, handing out cups of coffee, numerous conversations, praying for people and following wherever God leads them. Let’s pray for them that God would use them mightily to bless our area this week and beyond.