1940s Weekend Remembrance Service with Ben Parkinson MBE

Haworth Parish Church hosted the village 1940s weekend Remembrance Service yesterday. The service was taken by the Bishop of Bradford the Right Reverend Toby Howarth and there was an extra special contribution by Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE who memorised and delivered a passage from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘The Fallen’.

The service was attended by three Deputy Lieutenants of West Yorkshire, the Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr.Abid Hussain and the Lady Mayoress Shahnaz Akhtar; Kris Hopkins MP and representatives of the Military charity Pilgrim Bandits.

The service in Church was followed by an act of Remembrance on the Church steps into Main Street that was also led by the Bishop of Bradford. Pictured are (left to right): the Lord Mayor of Bradford and the Lady Mayoress Cllr. Abid Hussain and Shahnaz Akhtar, Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson MBE, Ben’s father and the Bishop of Bradford the Right Rev.Toby Howarth.

Also pictured is Ben during his recitation and the Remembrance Service on the Main Street Church steps.

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Roof repair work under way at St Gabriel’s

Following two years of grant-searching and fund-raising the roof repair work at St Gabriel’s Stanbury is now under way. 

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A new hat-trick for Haworth Church.

Local big band Gerry and the Hattricks will be making it a hat-trick of concerts in Haworth Parish Church on Saturday, June 24th at 7.30pm. It’ll be their third appearance in Church and promises to be another splendid evening of fun and entertainment. More details to follow

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Spring fayre in Church

Haworth Parish Church will be staging its Spring Fayre in Church on Saturday, May 20th from 10.00am until 4.00pm. All are welcome. Stalls and refreshments on offer.

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Service cancelled on April 30th

Please note that the service planned for Sunday, April 30th has been cancelled as it conflicts with the arrivals of the Tour de Yorkshire in Haworth. The PCC believes that the road closure programme will make it very difficult for the congregation to park their cars or find routes out of the district following the service.

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New incumbent to be licensed in June

The newly-appointed Rector for the Joint Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads, the Rev. Peter Mullins, will be licensed at a service to be held in St James’ Church, Cross Roads on Wednesday, June 28th. 

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Thanks Bradford Council for cleaning up the graveyard!

On Monday Bradford Council’s Keighley Area Coordinator’s office organised a much-needed tidy up of Haworth Church graveyard. Thanks to Liz Parker from the office for setting it up; the volunteers who turned up to assist including Cllr Rebecca Poulsen. It is much appreciated by the Church community who have their hands full maintaining the building.

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Introducing our new vicar!

We take this opportunity of introducing our new Rector, Rev’d. Peter Mullins.

Peter (pictured left) will be coming to us from the Parish of Great and Little Coates with Bradley (which is the western slice of Grimsby, North Lincolnshire) where has been fulfilling his mission as Rector.

Born in Zomba, Malawi in Africa Peter, who is 57 years old, was first ordained 33 years ago and first worked in parishes in Reading (Berkshire) and Grimsby.

During his time in Grimsby he has played a role in both education and community development and was the lead Governor of the local Further Education and Higher Education College.

He has also taken a role in clergy training. He worked full-time running the in-service training of clergy for the Diocese of Lincoln before moving to Grimsby.

Peter recently published a small book of his own poems and he enjoys engaging in historical research, most recently in the reading room of the Imperial War Museum working on the letters of the officer who commanded the ‘Grimsby Chums’ on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

He is married to Deborah who is a medal-winning artist in textiles.

Peter said: “We are hugely looking forward to coming to live in Haworth and working alongside the voluntary clergy and lay readers in the churches there as well as at Cross Roads and Stanbury.

“It will be an exciting final stage to my ministry among the large number of people who come to seek out the Bronte heritage as well as those who need committed Christian communities to make a real difference ot lives locally.”

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Bishop of Leeds appoints new Rector for Parish of Haworth

The Bishop of Leeds, The Rt. Rev’d Nicholas Baines, was pleased to announce that the Rev’d Peter Mullins (pictured left), currently serving as Team Rector of Great and Little Coates with Bradley (West Grimsby Team Ministry), has been appointed as Incumbent of Haworth and Cross Roads in the Bradford Episcopal Area.  The date of the Licensing Service will be announced soon.

The appointment was announced to the congregations of St Michaels and All Angels, Haworth; St Gabriel’s, Stanbury and St James’, Cross Roads yesterday (Sunday).

He will replace the Rev’d Peter Mayo-Smith who has taken up a new ministry in the Parish of Eldwick.

Peter and Deborah Mullins said they  had a peculiar and sad morning yesterday telling the people in the churches where he serves at the moment that they will be leaving soon but they are looking forward hugely to moving to Haworth and Cross Roads to begin the new ministry to which he is being called.

They say the way St Gabriel’s focusses some of the social life of Stanbury; St Michael’s responds to the tourist life of Haworth and St James’ offers outreach opportunities at Cross Roads are among the many things they say attracted them to the idea of ministering here alongside Rev’d Julie Roberts, Rev’d Peter Wilson, the lay ministers and the leaders in all three churches.

Peter asked: ”Please pray for us in the painful uprooting from here – as we pray for all the people we are about to get to know as we prepare to put down new roots with you and in communities of which you are part.”

 

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Our full programme for the Easter priod

The events below are the Eater service and celebrations in the United Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads details:

Lent Classes – every Thursday -2.00pm -3.00pm

Holy Week (week commencing  Monday, April 10th)

Monday April 10th – Stations of the Cross (7-00pm)  at St James, Cross Roads

Thursday,April 13th – Agape Meal followed by Agape Communion (7.00pm)- at St James, Cross Roads

Good Friday Friday, April 14th – Hour at the Cross, worship and prayer  (11.00am) at  St Michael and All Angels, Haworth.

Good Friday, April, 14th – Friday Church  Drama (6.00pm)  at St James, Cross Roads

Saturday, April 15th – Vigil and first Easter Communion (11.45pm)  at St James, Cross Roads

Sunday, April 16th  – Easter Day Celebrations and Communions –

St Gabriel’s,  Stanbury at  9.30am.

St Michael and All Angels, Haworth at 10.45am

St James, Cross Roads at 9.00am Easter Breakfast followed by 10.00am Easter Celebration including Easter Egg Hunt, Flags, Music Praise and instruments.

 

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