Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell joined members of the Multiply community, Upper Room York, for a night of curry and faith conversation.

The Upper Room started life as a group exploring the Christian faith in the upstairs room of The Leeman Pub, in Leeman Road, York. It has since grown and now meets through the week in homes and venues across the west side of the City.

Part of the Multiply network, the Diocese of York's initiative to resource New Worshipping Communities and reach those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the Upper Room community offers opportunities to grow in Christian discipleship, explore faith, meet new friends at social gatherings and get involved in community outreach.

Archbishop Stephen enjoyed curry and conversation with the group before taking questions and sharing some of his faith inspirations.

They gathered at the home of Upper Room team members, Pete and Rhiannon Hale which they run as Footprints Home Nursery during the day.

Multiply Minister, the Reverend Matt Woodcock said: “We had a cracking night with Archbishop Stephen. He inspired and encouraged us with some honest reflections about his own journey of faith and gave us loads to think and pray about. The night reaffirmed to us our deep desire to be a Christ-centred community which makes a difference. Top night.”

Deborah Bell, a mother-of-two who regularly attends Upper Room gatherings, said: “It was so refreshing to hear Archbishop Stephen speak so frankly about his own life and faith. He really encouraged me to see church as a community of people. I get so much peace and purpose from coming to Upper Room and my faith has deepened because of it.”

Upper Room York is connected to St Barnabas Church, Leeman Road and St Paul’s Church, Holgate.