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Music, drama, and dance

20 February 2015

"THANK You For The Music" is an annual event at St Philip's, Birchencliffe, in the Huddersfield Episcopal Area of the diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales. It takes place just before the annual pantomime, and everyone involved in the show takes part in the occasion to celebrate God's gifts of music, dance, and drama.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the way the pantomime brings our community together," the Vicar, the Revd Mary Railton-Crowder, says. "It enables us to offer a ministry of welcome, hospitality, and laughter. The cast come in costume, and it's quite an experience to have the church full of princesses, fairies, handsome princes, goodies, baddies, and dames. We even had a tin man this year."

The Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs, who is the first Bishop for the new Area, preached at the service, and afterwards led a colourful parade to the Church Centre, where he dedicated the newly installed community defibrillator bought with funds raised from last year's pantomime.

The potentially life-saving piece of apparatus had been bought on the advice of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and will be available at all times for people to use in an emergency, once they have dialled 999. "It is great to see the church getting behind this brilliant scheme," the Bishop said. "As a new bishop, I'm getting used to dressing in costume, and pantomime is a wonderful way of bringing people together to have fun and to raise funds for such a good cause."

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