Leeds church to star in live TV show on Christmas

St George's Church in Leeds.
St George's Church in Leeds.
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A SPECIAL festive television show will be broadcast live from a Leeds church on Christmas Day.

St George’s Church has been chosen for the Christmas Day service, which will be shown on BBC One at 10am.

The programme will also highlight the work of homeless charity St George’s Crypt, which is linked to the church.

Rector Reverend Jonathan Clark, who will lead the service, said: “It’s an honour to be chosen for the programme.

“It’s a great opportunity to share what goes on at St George’s with Leeds and the nation.

“Viewers can expect a big celebration of what lies behind Christmas.

“The broadcast will show how the crypt and the church work together. Many people are aware of the Crypt, but not of the church behind the crypt and the wider work of the church with people working in the city, families and young people.

“Our church is alive and the vital work of the Crypt is just part of what we do. We are combating loneliness and the sadness in many people’s lives.”

During the BBC One broadcast there will be an interview with Chris Fields, chief executive officer at St George’s Crypt.

The charity is preparing to serve 100 festive dinners to homeless people in Leeds on Christmas Day. A second full dinner will also be served on Boxing Day.

Mr Fields said: “We expect over 100 people – people without families, without communities, without the things that you and I might take for granted.

“We never turn anyone away. Everyone is welcome.”

For more information about St George’s Crypt, visit the website at www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk.