Here are details of the activities, services and events happening during this eleven-day period.


Pentecost Service

Sunday 31st May | 10:15am


This Sunday we'll be streaming a very special joint Eucharist with our sister cathedrals of Wakefield and Ripon at 10:15am, on our YouTube and Facebook channels as usual.

Bishop Nick Baines returns to church for the first time since lockdown to celebrate one of the key festivals in the Church’s calendar, recorded at Ripon Cathedral.

He will lead the streamed service to be broadcast on Sunday 31st May, as well as preach at the feast of Pentecost, celebrated as the birthday of the Church itself.

This will be the first time that the bishop has taken (or received) Holy Communion since the decision was taken by the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England that its churches and cathedrals would close their doors as the country went in to lockdown.

Bishop Baines said: “I invite everyone in the diocese (and beyond) to join me online in celebrating and praying for our neighbours at home and abroad.

“We look forward to being together physically again in due course; but, this is the beginning of a new phase in this pandemic and our response to it.

“Pentecost saw the empowering of Christians when the future was both uncertain and dangerous. In other words, we have been here before! Please join us.”

During the service Bible readings and intercessions will be done by the deans of the three cathedrals within the Diocese of Leeds – Bradford, Wakefield and Ripon and there will be musical contributions from each cathedral.

The Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford, will be reading the incercessions, recorded from inside Bradford Cathedral. The cathedral music department has also recorded How lovely are the messengers by Felix Mendelssohn, which will be included in the Pentecost service.

The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson said: “The prayer and worship of the church has been sustained in the community throughout the period of locked churches however we have come to realise afresh just how significant these sacred spaces are. The prayers of the centuries, 13 centuries in Ripon Cathedral’s case, can be a source of strength as we face the challenges, opportunities and joys of our own day.

"So, it is an encouragement to us all that Bishop Nick comes to Ripon Cathedral to lead the diocese in celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of the Church at a time when the world has become more aware of its need of both.”

Pentecost (Whit Sunday) comes 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus; the New Testament tells us how the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in tongues like fire leaving them able to speak so that people of all languages could understand them. On that day 3,000 people were baptised. Whit Sunday is the old English name for this day, the Whit coming from the white robes worn at baptism.

To stream the service please visit our live stream page; the updated links will be available very soon.




Pentecost Family Activities

Messy Pentecost.

Click here to download our Pentecost Resources for Families and Schools


Online Children's Space

Pentecost Crown


Pentecost Birthday Candles


Pentecost Tree Decorations


Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

For more information please visit the TKC website.


Light up the World

You can add your own pledges to the world by visiting


Stations of the Spirit

Over nine days there will be nine reflections, with scripture, image, music, speech and song.

  1. Creation
  2. Dry Bones
  3. Water
  4. Annunciation
  5. Baptism
  6. The Well
  7. Breath
  8. Pentecost
  9. Inclusion


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