Newly updated information for October and November

Our dates for Sunday worship are:   

25 Oct Communion at 9.30 am at St James’         

>>Our Sunday Worship Video can be viewed at this link from 25 October onwards
(a message will say “Video unavailable” until then).         


1 Nov  All Age Worship at 11.00 am at St Michael’s celebrating All Saints’ Day

>>Our Sunday Worship Video can be viewed at this link from 1 November onwards
(a message will say “Video unavailable” until then).         


8 Nov  Remembrance provision to be arranged in line with local consultation now that it is announced that no gatherings are possible at War Memorials

15 Nov  Morning Worship at 9.30 at St James’                   

22 Nov  Communion at 11.00 am at St Michael’s               

29 Nov  All Age Worship at 9.30 am at St James’ celebrating the beginning of Advent

We will continue to release a fresh on-line half-hour Sunday Worship video each week in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church.

We will continue to provide Covid-safe Communion each week in each church (3.30 pm on Sundays at St Gabriel’s, 10.30 a.m. on Wednesdays at St James’ and 12.30 pm on Fridays at St Michael’s).

Our Weekly Worship Video for 18 October can be viewed at this link:

Our Weekly Worship Video for 11 October can be viewed at this link:

Our Weekly Worship Video for 4 October can be viewed at this link:

Anyone is allowed to attend worship (as an individual or in a household-bubble) under regulations in place.

Covid-19 precautions must be and are in place (mask if not exempt, both hand sanitisation and ‘track and trace’ registration on arrival, physical distancing).  We either clean the spaces people have occupied or leave them unused for at least 72 hours or (most often) both.

But people may not interact (mix or socialise) with others who are attending.

Over a hundred different people have attended at least one service in our three churches over the last few weeks on this basis.

But we perfectly understand that many others (including at least three dozen adults who otherwise certainly would have been at public worship over the last few weeks) are choosing to continue to stay away from all social gathering points.

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Local Covid update

Statement from Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, 7.00 p.m. 16 October 2020

“Today leaders of the five West Yorkshire authorities were invited to a briefing given by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Jenny Harries looking at the epidemiology of the virus in West Yorkshire. There was no discussion about moving to a higher alert level.

“Our infection rates are high, not yet as high as the North West but they are increasing. Government is obviously taking great interest in our infection figures. We share the Government’s concern. The number of hospital admissions and tragically deaths is still rising, nor is it just elderly people who are being affected.  Our number one priority is to take the most effective action possible to tackle the virus, protect people and save lives.

“The Council cannot do this alone, it is the responsibility of all of us to play our part in beating this virus. It is crucially important that we follow the current rules and guidance, especially the instructions on self-isolating to prevent the spread of infection. Latest research nationally shows that only 18% of people self-isolate when they have symptoms.  If everyone self-isolated for the full 10 days, then we’d be able to arrest the rise of the infection rate and avoid further restrictions.

“Leaders in our region are united in our call for more resources to implement effective local health measures to tackle the pandemic in our region. This must include more support for local test and trace, community engagement, and more support for people to self-isolate.

“Earlier this week Professor Chris Whittey, the Chief Medical Officer for England, publicly praised the work that we have done in Bradford to tackle the virus. I want to thank Bradford district residents for all you have done so far to help.  But we still have a long way to go to beat the virus. That’s why I’m asking everyone to keep going with the regulations – stay apart, wash your hands, wear a face covering and self-isolate if you have symptoms. 

“The Government have asked to meet with us again next week although no date is set yet. We will be stressing with the Government how local measures like test and trace, more home testing and support to self-isolate can play a major role in bringing down infection rates when we meet with them again early next week.  

“We expect the Government to engage in open, constructive discussions about how to strengthen the health measures to tackle the virus, without doing further damage to the economy, jobs and livelihoods.”

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Our congratulations to Lesley O’Brien OBE!

To be Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Carol Lesley O’BRIEN Lately Board Member, Road Haulage Association. For services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Transport Industry (Haworth, West Yorkshire)

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All Age Worship on Sunday!

We will trial an All Age Worship style service at St Michael’s at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday (20th September).  Do bring a feather or two with you if you can – real ones, ones you’ve drawn or otherwise made.  We will be creating an art installation ready for the feast of St Michael & All Angels towards the end of the month.  We are also asked to wear masks.   

Our first experiments with two Covid-safe Sunday morning services went well.  We tried our Morning Worship style service at St Michael’s two weeks ago and a Communion service at St James’ last week.  Social distancing worked well – we left alternate pews empty and made sure those in any one pew were from the same household or bubble.  One family came with all the soft toys and colouring their children needed to use within the pew and that also worked well.

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Worship still continues among new restrictions

We know that it is slightly confusing as Government regulations change.  The Worth Valley Ward is now subject only to national restrictions – and national restrictions will change on Monday 14 September.  But these changes do not change what we were being allowed to do at our services – we may gather in the numbers we have been gathering provided we are scrupulous in observing hand sanitising, social distancing and so on.

Sunday 12 September

9.00 a.m.      New weekly video service on our websites and Facebook pages, curated this week by the Revd Peter Mullins, including a farewell interviews with Fr Dennis Cassidy and a surprise celebrity guest appearance

9.30 a.m.      Communion at St James’, Cross Roads

3.30 p.m.      Communion at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury

Wednesday 16 September

10.30 a.m.   Communion at St James’ Cross Roads

Friday 18 September

12.30 p.m.   Communion at St Michael’s, Haworth

Sunday 19 September

9.00 a.m.      New weekly video service on our websites and Facebook pages, curated this week by the Revd Anthony Bennett and the Revd Chris Upton

11.00 a.m.   All Age Celebration at St Michael’s, Haworth

3.30 p.m.      Communion at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury

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