Social Justice Vision Group:

Focuses on the broader responsibilities of the church: co ordinates the Minster charitable giving policy; links with the Halifax Food Bank; links with the Church in Aachen Germany – the twin town of Halifax; and links with the Diocese of Mara in Tanzania; promotes the work of Christian Aid.

This group is chaired by Lee Hill:

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The Christian message of Social Justice

The Bible contains more than 300 verses about the poor, social justice, and God’s deep concern for both.

Christ not only takes the side of the poor; he puts Himself in their place. In Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians, chapter 8 verse 9, we read a most profound statement: “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”

John the Baptist, to whom our Minster church has been dedicated for centuries, gave this practical teaching, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” See Luke’s Gospel, chapter 3, verse 11.

In the first epistle of John, chapter 3 verse 17, John challenges us : “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?”

And in one of Jesus’ own parables, the parable of the sheep and the goats, quoted in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 25 verses 33-40, He says:

“ . . and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Policy on Charitable Giving:

Guiding principles

Our charitable giving will

  • Consider spiritual as well as material needs, delivering mission and aid
  • Link with our broader work on social justice
  • Link with our broader church life, such as worship
  • Support the local community, Halifax or at least Calderdale
  • Make a difference, focusing where our giving can have greatest impact

What is the policy?

Our charitable giving policy is:

  • To financially support a smaller number (around 6) of charities directly from the general funds
  • To support a mixture of international, national and local charities, with the balance towards smaller, local charities that can impact on the local community
  • To support mainly Christian-based charities To develop a closer, more meaningful relationship with the charities that we financial support
  • To give no less each year than current (2008/09) levels
  • To increase charitable giving in coming years towards 5% income To explore other forms of giving
  • To reserve a small proportion of the total to be given for a grant fund to meet need arising during the year
  • To report and review each year


Since 2016, we have been supporting the following six charities:

  • Cancer Research
  • Water Aid Samaritans
  • The Children’s Society
  • Halifax Street Angels
  • The Diocese of Mara and Rorya, Tanzania

Cohesion with other faiths:

How is Halifax Minster involved?


  • Halifax Minster (and formerly as Halifax Parish Church) has been involved with Calderdale Interfaith Council since it began in 2002
  • The Rev Canon Hilary Barber is its current Vice-chair Halifax
  • Minster provides office space and administrative support as well as hosting a range of meetings and conferences
Calderdale Interfaith Council‘s Objectives are:
  • Working towards racial and religious equality in all areas of life
  • Promoting the positive role of religious faith in daily living
  • Influencing decision making in all areas of public life and forming links with and seeking public consultation rights with statutory and voluntary bodies
  • Sharing concerns and providing mutual support
To find out more
  • Contact Calderdale Interfaith Council by telephone: 01422 355436 or by email
  • Learn more through the Calderdale Interfaith Council website
  • A Directory of Faiths in Calderdal

Diocese of Mara, Tanzania

Where is Mara?
  • The Diocese of Mara is in the north-west of Tanzania, next to the Kenyan border and the eastern side of Lake Victoria
  • In 1988, the Bishop of Wakefield and Bishop of Mara signed a link covenant between the two Dioceses
  • Now more than 70 parishes, colleges and schools in Mara have a lively link with parishes in the Wakefield Diocese, and the Diocese supports a number of projects such as education, building projects and drought relief
  • The Mara region has now split into 3 dioceses; Mara, Tarime and Rorya
How is Halifax Minster involved?
  • Halifax Minster is now twinned with the Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Kowak in the Diocese of Rorya which is on the Kenyan Border near the Mara River
  • Groups from the Minster have visited Mara and Rorya Diocese in both 2015 and 2016.
  • In 2015 the Minster hosted visitors from the Mara Diocese establishing a strong link between the Church in West Yorkshire and Africa.
What does being linked to the Development and Discipleship programme (DDP) mean?
  • The DDP works alongside the parishes and parishioners in Mara and the Minster is supporting one of the health initiatives organised by the programme which focuses on the Endemic malaria.
  • With the Minster’s help the DDP will be able to purchase mosquito nets and the DDP’s plans are to distribute 1650 mosquito nets to the following five villages (each village will receive 330 nets): Bwenda, Kuikerege, Kabainja, Hekwe and Man’gore. In each of the five villages, 2 mosquito nets will be distributed to 165 families. This will run alongside the programmes’ teaching on Malaria.
  • Two candle stands were presented to the Minster by Bishop Stephen on behalf of the DDP in September 2011 and they are in the Holdsworth Chapel.

To find out more
  • Find out more about Mara on:
  • ACT Diocese in Mara region and
  • Find out more about the Mara Tree Project on:
  • Find out more about the Development and Discipleship Programme on:

Other Agencies Across Halifax:

Food and Support Drop In
  • Food & Support Drop In is a project of Christians Together Halifax.
  • It collects food in, and then gives parcels out to the homeless and those in Halifax who need help. This service is run by volunteers and relies on donated goods
  • It is based in Ebenezer Methodist Church, St James Road, Halifax and is open on Saturday mornings 10-12 noon
  • Food and other donations can be dropped off there every Saturday (10-12 noon) and Wednesday (7-8 pm)
  • Find out more at Food and Support Drop In and on Facebook

Other Agencies









Worship Vision Group

The Worship Vision Group explores new ways of worshipping in the ancient building of Halifax Minster, as well as ways to renew our more traditional services.

We use new resources for worship from the Church of England, as well as our own ideas. The group is made up of lay people and clergy who work together to give glory to God in the church.

Come and join us to make a difference in how people experience going to church!

This group is chaired by the Curate Jonathan Bish:

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Finance & General Purposes Vision Group:

Oversees financial health of Minster. Monitors income and expenditure and seeks to promote imaginative ways of generating income. This group also co ordinates policy on employment, health and safety, fire and evacuation, child protection, and Incident Management Plan. The Finance Team seeks to financially support all the other Vision groups in delivering their Annual Plans set by the Church Council each year.

The coordinator and chair of this group is Stuart Harris.

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Growth & Education Vision Group:

This group explores how the Minster community can grow both spiritually and numerically through many different avenues, and ensures that all pathways to joining the community and exploring the Christian faith are accessible for all. As part of this, we aim to nurture the educational life of the community, including supporting the work of the Education Department.

This group is chaired by the Vicar Hilary Barber:

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