Haworth Parish Church will stage its annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 25th. The event is one of the Church’s key income happenings and is usually great fun for people who take part in the event. It’ll be staged from 12.00pm until 3.00pm.
The Parochial Church Council has decided that it will trial switching the start time of the main Sunday service from 10.45am to 11.00am. This will enable not only Haworth Parish Church but also St James’, Cross Roads to benefit from the services of our Music Director David Root. He will be able to play the organ during services at both churches. Another benefit will be that clergy will find taking services at both churches easier. The trial will start on 1st January 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.