Sweep away injustice

We are part of a Fair Trade Village and we have now registered as a Fair Trade Church.

We will be celebrating this at our next All Age Worship at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 17th February.

And on the following two Sundays (24th February and 3rd March), which fall in Fair Trade Fortnight, a stall will have some Zaytoun fairly traded produce from Palestine, including organic olive oil, will be on sale after the service to mark Fair Trade Fortnight.

And we are looking out for news of the return of the village’s Fair Trade train on Saturday 2nd March.

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The Gifts of the Wise

We now have some plans for our ‘All Age Worship’ Sundays at St Michael’s for the first part of 2019:

6th January – ‘The Gifts of the Wise’ – celebrating the feast of the Epiphany

17th February – marking being a Fair Trade Church ahead of the beginning of Fair Trade Fortnight

24th March – a Family Communion in the middle of Lent

28th April – the Baptism of Jay Mansfield on the Sunday after Easter.

So everyone would be very welcome as usual next Sunday at 11.00 a.m. when we will have a large number of parcels in the pews to unwrap…

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Nativity walk success

The magic of the Nativity story returned to Main Street again last weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday Haworth’s ‘Churches Together’ walk attracted crowds and re-introduced the Christian message of Christ’s birth in the final run up to the annual celebrations. Superbly narrated by Rev. Chris Upton the story unfolded as Mary sitting on one of two donkeys followed Joseph up Main Street looking for ‘some room at an inn’. And as usual they were out of luck. Our Rector Rev. Peter Mullins led the procession with an impressive version of the star that rose in the east.

Joseph leads the search for accommodation
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A Curate for 2019


We are delighted to let people know that Anthony Bennett will be coming to work in our two parishes next year. He is currently training for ordination on a full-time theological course which includes spending an extended amount of time getting experience of ministry in the parish of Keighley. He will be ordained on 29th June 2019 (St Peter’s Day) in Wakefield Cathedral. After that he will continue to live with his family (and their donkeys) in their rural home near the Dog & Gun between Oxenhope and Denholme – and begin working full-time as a Curate with us. It is usual for newly ordained Curates to spend between three and four years completing their training in a first parish – and we are grateful to the Bishop for entrusting us with the creative possibilities and supervision responsibility of having a Curate working with us. We are glad now that his appointment has been announced and we can begin to pray for him publicly!

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We need more Friends in our Church

Mark Davies 01At a recent Committee meeting of the Friends of the Brontës’ Church it was revealed that their bank account was now in a very healthily place with more than £10,000 ready to use for the Church.

Most of money is intended to either pay for or make a large contribution towards a brand new north entrance door for Church and new stock for the retail stand. Besides being an impressive result for the Friends organisation that has taken over much of the fund-raising task for the Church it helps prove that what we are doing is effective.

Friends’ Chairman Peter Breed – yes, the same as our Church Warden – has taken up the role of liaising with the tour companies who bring so many Japanese visitors each year, this has yielded £5,300, while a happy band of members help man the retail stand on many days throughout the year.

During 2014 a number of people came forward to help run the retail stand which brings in much-needed cash (£5,400) and helps establish such good relationships with our many visitors, many of whom come from overseas.

We see many people from the various countries in Europe, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, Korea and China. A friendly face and a cheery greeting mean so much to them and often brings if not a purchase at the stand, a donation in one of the safes. And we now know that if there are people at the stand or in Church from the Friends organisation that the visitor giving at the safes goes up. 

It’s a plain fact that this giving either via the safe or buying something at the bookshop or Friends retail stand keeps our parish going.

Just think about it. If we can deliver the north-facing roof repairs with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we shall have raised more than half a million pounds since 2011. Not only will we have replaced the roof to make the building watertight but also we shall have a new toilet with disabled access for use during services, a kitchenette and a brand-new heating system. And there’s still a new engraved glass north door to factor into the reckoning.

Another plan that we are considering is establishing a tour-guide system so that at regular intervals we can give conducted tours of the Church. This is an important part of delivering what grant givers want from us – to make ourselves more accessible and visitor friendly! It will enhance the church’s mission of sharing the good news of God in Jesus.

All this has been achieved with comparatively few people and we need more to join us. We don’t people to make a massive commitment but we do need somebody to make a commitment. It could be a couple of hours a month just taking money behind the stand or it could be just chatting to people – don’t worry training is given. And when we run events like concerts we need folk to make the tea and coffees, serve wine or take ticket money. It’s fun to meet the people and satisfying to know that you’re helping the Church not only survive but thrive.

The Friends are friendly. You’ll be welcomed with open arms. And if you don’t fancy a ‘public facing’ job why not talk to us about else we need to do. If you want to join the Friends, make visitors welcome and spend time working in your spiritual home then contact Peter & Hilary Breed (Tel: 01535 646873, e-mail peter.breed@btinternet.com) or John Huxley (Tel: 01535 642265, e-mail: johnthehux@gmail.com) for details of how to join the Friends.

Picture courtesy of Mark Davis (Copyright holder)

 

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