Exploring faith together

Luke’s Gospel tells us that the risen Lord walked the road to Emmaus with some disciples on the evening of the first Easter Sunday. He is shown doing so on the pulpit in St Michael’s.

The Revd Peter Mullins invites us all to explore the impact of this walk on the way we worship every Sunday; it is his first real opportunity to explore faith alongside members of our three congregations in small groups, and he hopes that a good number will want engage in this.

We will meet for five Wednesdays beginning on 25th October (and finishing on 22nd November) in the morning at St James’, Cross Roads (10.15-11.45 a.m., following the weekly 9.30 Wednesday Communion) repeated in the evening at St Michael’s, Haworth (7.30-9.00 p.m.).

Do come morning or evening, whichever suits you best. Do come to a few of the sessions even if you can’t come to them all.

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Bishop Toby leads Stanbury celebrations.

The Bishop of Bradford Right Rev. Tony Howarth led yesterday’s service at Stanbury’s when the congregation celebrated the completion of the roof repairs to St Gabriel’s Church.

Repairs had become necessary when rot was discovered in the roof at the west end of the 169-year-old church and, thanks to grants from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme, the Garfield Weston Foundation and All Churches Fund together with fund-raising by the congregation the repairs have been completed.

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Celebrate the 2017 Harvest with us!

Here’s a ‘newsflash’. If you’d like to join the Parish celebrating the 2017 Harvest at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury on Saturday, September 30th  contact Andrea Hislop 01535 644444 for tickets. Cost £5.

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Via Nova concert success

We are pleased to announce that our Church funds benefitted with almost £100 being raised at Via Nova’s choral concert on Wednesday, August 16th. The Birmingham-based vocal group started their tour of Yorkshire with their concert of contemporary choral works some of which were inspired by the novels written by Haworth’s legendary Bronte sisters.

Singers from Via Nova are focussed on their work.

Members of the soprano and alto sections of Via Nova.

Members of Haworth Church congregation enjoying themselves at the Via Nova concert.

Pictured from the north aisle Via Nova in Concert.

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Haworth Church, the world premiere!

Haworth Parish Church is set to join the world premiere circuit!

Birmingham-based choir Via Nova will be in Haworth Church to stage the first-ever world performance of choral works inspired by the village’s famous literary family, the Brontës, and the county’s coal heritage on Wednesday, August 16th.

Viva Nova will be undertaking a four-day tour of Yorkshire when they will sing at Haworth Parish Church, the National Coal Mining Museum in Middletown near Wakefield and Wakefield Cathedral.

Their four-concert series starts at Haworth Parish Church and their offering includes the first-ever public staging of new choral works that have been inspired by the Brontë legend and Yorkshire’s contribution to the nation’s coal-mining legacy as well as a UK premiere of a choral piece composed by organist Philip Moore, the former organist and Master of Music at York Minster.

Via Nova is a choir that is very much linked to Birmingham’s tradition of encouraging experimental and innovative arts. They have a strong commitment living composers and have a special focus on artists who come from or work in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Haworth Parish Church has become a popular concert venue having hosted choirs from the East Midlands and North Wales in recent years as well as many of the choirs from the Aire and Worth Valleys.

Via Nova’s decision to bring their Bronte-inspired works to Haworth comes during the 200th anniversary year of Branwell Brontë’s birth and see them performing in the same building in which most of the Bronte family are interred and next door to the family’s home, now the Parsonage Museum.

The concert will last for an hour and a quarter and admission will be free with a retiring collection being taken to help cover the choir’s tour costs as well as the Church’s costs.

The concerted is being hosted by the Church’s support group, the Friends of the Brontës’ Church.

A spokesperson for the choir said: “We’re very much looking forward to visiting Haworth Parish Church and it’s exciting to be performing in a building and village with such well known literary heritage.”

Peter Breed, Chairman of the Friends of the Brontës’ Church, said: “We’re delighted to host Via Nova. We stage concerts and other events so that we can provide financial help to the Church and encourage interest in the building.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm: refreshments will be available and we shall be making a retiring collection to aid with both the concert costs and to boost the Church Restoration Fund.


Via Nova Choir who will sing in Haworth Church on August 16th

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Hat-trick heroes for Church

Saturday evening’s fantastic concert by local big band Gerry and the Hattricks attracted a 100-plus audience to Haworth Parish Church. They enthusiastically greeted the 1960s-inspired programme delivered by band leader Jack Large and his musicians as well as singers Michaela Smith and Doug Edmondson. And as a bonus more than £650 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund and a local film charity.

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Guided Tour Scheme starts

History was made for Haworth Parish Church as we started our Guided Tour Scheme.

The first party under the leadership of newly-trained guides Sue Burnett and Andrea Hislop launched the scheme by taking the 11.30 am tour.

On hand to watch them was the course tutor Johnnie Briggs under whose guidance they have undertaken a five-week training course and assessment,

Tour Guide tutor Johnnie Briggs (centre) with two of his students Sue Burnett (left) and Andrea Hislop (right) before the ground-breaking first tour.

Tour under way. Andrea Hislop and Sue Burnett take the first group to take advantage of our new guided tour scheme round church.

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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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